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Of Sand or SoilGenealogy and Tribal Belonging in Saudi Arabia$
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Nadav Samin

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691164441

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691164441.001.0001

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Parallel Migrations, Divergent Destinations

Parallel Migrations, Divergent Destinations

(p.136) Chapter Five Parallel Migrations, Divergent Destinations
Of Sand or Soil

Nadav Samin

Princeton University Press

This chapter investigates the role of race in Saudi narratives of tribal authenticity by focusing on two stories of migration from a common point of origin, the villages and grazing lands south of Medina. The parallel migrations are rooted primarily in the collective memories of two kin groups: the Shubūl and the descendants of one Hasan al-Nuʻaymī who are now living in the western Arabian oasis town of al-ʻUlā. After discussing the genealogical politics of al-ʻUlā, the chapter explores how the intense pressure to claim affiliation with historically recognized Arabian tribes plays out in al-ʻUlā. It shows that the people of al-ʻUlā are (ironically) constituted more “tribally” than many bedouin- origin Saudis who assert nominal tribal identities across the kingdom's atomized spaces.

Keywords:   race, tribal authenticity, Medina, migrations, Shubūl, Hasan al-Nuʻaymī, al-ʻUlā, genealogical politics, Arabian tribes, tribal identities

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