Gardens of a Sacred Landscape

Bedouin Heritage and Natural History in the High Mountains of Sinai

Samy Zalat
Francis Gilbert
Illustrations byAhmed Gheith

This beautifully illustrated book describes the unique environment and the natural history of St. Katherine in Sinai from the perspective of its inhab

English edition
208 pp.
230 illus.
16.5X23.5cm
ISBN 9789774161179
For sale only in the Middle East

$34.95

This beautifully illustrated book describes the unique environment and the natural history of St. Katherine in Sinai from the perspective of its inhabitants—the Gabaliya Bedouin. The Gabaliya live in the high and rugged mountain massif of South Sinai, enclosed within the St. Katherine Protectorate in an area now declared as a World Heritage Site. St. Katherine is one of the world’s most important protected areas for its special historical, cultural, religious, and environmental heritage. It contains Egypt’s highest mountain—Mount Katherine—and one of the world’s most sacred: Mount Sinai. The Gabaliya have a unique history, and their intimate relationship with their harsh environment is equally unique. In the arid landscape within the great Ring Dyke they have created their own orchard agriculture, growing fruit and vegetables in irrigated walled gardens that seem to grow out of the rock on remote wadi floors or on the steep mountainsides themselves. This book introduces—from their own observations—the gardens and the unique culture and heritage of the Gabaliya, the vegetables and fruits they grow, and the mammals, birds, lizards, and insects associated with their gardens and environment in this remarkable landscape. The book is fully illustrated with photographs and watercolor paintings.

Samy Zalat

Francis Gilbert is associate professor of ecology at Nottingham University. Samy Zalat is professor of biodiversity at Suez Canal University. Together they authored A Walk in Sinai: St. Katherine to Al Galt Al Azraq.
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