* The Awlad 'Ali was a Bedouin community in western Egypt, in an arid, rural area south of the Mediterranean Sea.
* Lila, the author, was an anthropology graduate student studying Bedouin culture.
* From October 1978 to May 1980, she lived with the Awlad 'Ali tribe.
* During the time that Lila lived with the Awlad 'Ali, the tribe consisted of 53 adults and over 100 children.
* The largest family group had 25 people living in four rooms.
* Before this time, the Bedouins were nomadic, and the arrangement of their tents showed their relationships with one another.
* The central tent would belong to the senior kinsman, and the tent ropes of family members would cross.
* The Awlad 'Ali's land was purchased by the Egyptian government, who helped them build houses and plant trees.
* Therefore, most Bedouins now lived in houses.
* The book provides an overview of Lila's fieldwork.
* She came to Cairo...
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