National Geographic : 1953 Jul
Curtained Cart Gives a Lady a Stifling Ride from 'Arafa to Mecca Saudi Arabian women, whose country follows the Moslem orthodox and con servative Hanbali school of thought, live in seclusion. Except for veiled visits to friends or to the mosque, they keep to the harem. - Bedouins, it has been said, are the raw material of Islam. Cameleers and shepherds, they have matured on the cruel, demanding desert "where nothing is save God." From their ranks have come the warriors who once swept Is lam's banners to the Pyrenees of Spain and the steppes of Asia. Now King Abdul Aziz al Saud, seek ing to ease the Bedouins' hunger-driven 2- nomad ways, is founding model farm communities and irrigation projects. He has already clamped down hard on a custom dear to Bedouin hearts for cen turies: the intertribal rahzoo, or looting raid. But Bedouins like this bearded young shepherd still wander across the Arabian deserts with their women, flocks, and black goat-hair tents. (5 National Geographic Society Kodalhro mes by Abdul Ghafar Sheikh !