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On the Move: Reframing Nomadic Pastoralism

Lila Abu-Lughod

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Featuring beautiful images and essays by experts in the field, On the Move provides inspiring new insights into the lifestyles, traditions and achievements of nomadic and semi nomadic pastoral communities from Central Sahara, the Arabian Peninsula and Inner Asia.

Published to accompany the exhibition at the National Museum of Qatar (NMOQ) in 2022,On the Move asks readers to reflect on what we might learn from these communities, who traverse difficult terrain and manage physically demanding lives while responding to the seasons and the needs of the animals on whom they depend, and who in turn depend on them. Grounded in research about the everyday lives, histories, technical expertise and cultural creativity of communities from the Central Sahara, Qatar and Mongolia, the book asks if nomads and herders might provide positive models for, and alternative ways to think about, the ‘good life’. As we all look to an uncertain future in a world overtaken by consumerism, destructive extraction and deep social inequalities, On the Move asks if pastoralists might have something to teach us.

Language English and Arabic: 2 editions
Publication date 2022
ISBN

English Edition 9789927108778

Arabic Edition coming soon

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Two open pages of a book with text and an image of a child holding a falcon

Photo: Noushad Ahammad, courtesy of Qatar Museums Publications ©2022

Two pages of a book showing a woman wearing a batoolah, a traditional fashion mask with gold detailing worn by women in the Gulf

Photo: Noushad Ahammad, courtesy of Qatar Museums Publications ©2022

As spread with two images, one showing a woman holding a child and another of men in a gathering having Arabic coffee in the desert

Photo: Noushad Ahammad, courtesy of Qatar Museums Publications ©2022

A spread showing an image of a tent showcased at the On the Move exhibition

Photo: Noushad Ahammad, courtesy of Qatar Museums Publications ©2022