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Nomadic Populations in the Middle East, Curriculum for

Nomadic populations are commonly defined as peoples who move frequently, generally in support of livestock herding, yet these communities may in fact spend considerable periods (months or even years at times) in a single location. The terms nomads, pastoralists, and (in the case of the Middle East and parts of North Africa) Bedouin (in a general sense or to refer to specific ethnic or tribal affiliation) are sometimes used interchangeably. Distinctions by geographical considerations, livelihood, or ethnicity may not be absolute. Some people may identify themselves as belonging to a nomadic community even if it has been a generation or more since their family lived in tents or managed herds. Education for nomadic populations, however defined, presents a challenge in the Middle East and North ...

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