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The Hunger Of The Bedouin

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The idea of the Bedouin's sallying forth at daybreak while being hungry has found a similar expression in aš-Šanfarāʾs lines in which the nomad with respect to both features: his being hungry at the end of the night (or during night) and his sallying forth at daybreak while in this condition of hunger, is compared with the wolf. In a poem ascribed to al-Ḥuṭayʾah, , in which a Bedouin hunter is described. In connection with the period of three days as the maximum period which the Bedouin can endure without eating any considerable quantity of food or without eating altogether, one should also interpret the fact that the usual duration of raids or hunting trips was three days.

Keywords: aš-Šanfarāʾs lines; Bedouin's hunger



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