Rare Israeli Bedouin audio archive sheds light on nomadic society

France 24 | Feb 23, 2021 at 3:10 AM
  • Leading Bedouin scholar Clinton Bailey has amassed hundreds of hours of recordings about the nomadic society’s poetry, history and legal system.
  • Bailey’s unique Arabic audio archive is now being transcribed and digitised by Israel’s National Library, a project aimed at enriching Bedouin scholarship in Israel, the Arab world and beyond.
  • To complete its three-year digitisation project, the library has hired members of Israel’s Bedouin community to help, among other things, transcribe the recordings using their knowledge of the local dialect.