Gardens of a Sacred Landscape: Bedouin Heritage and Natural History in the High Mountains of Sinai
This beautifully illustrated book describes the unique environment and the natural history of St. Katherine in Sinai from the perspective of its inhabitants‚àö√´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‚àö√Øs most important protected areas for its special historical, cultural, religious, and environmental heritage. It contains Egypt‚àö√Øs highest mountain‚àö√´Mount Katherine‚àö√´and one of the world‚àö√Øs 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‚àö√´from their own observations‚àö√´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.