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BGU Launches First Bedouin Research Database

BGU Launches First Bedouin Research Database

April 28, 2011

Negev Development & Community Programs, Press Releases

BEER-SHEVA, ISRAEL April 28, 2011 – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is launching the first research database of professional literature on Bedouin society in the Negev region of southern Israel.

The comprehensive Bedouin research electronic database will house a large number of scholarly articles that can be downloaded for free and provide detailed information on other research listed in the system. The database contains listings in English, Hebrew and Arabic and will be updated every six months. It includes research articles published in Israel and abroad, masters and Ph.D. theses, news articles and books.

The project is part of the ongoing efforts of The Robert H. Arnow Center for Bedouin Studies and Development to promote and encourage research on this unique community as well as education within the community of 180,000 Negev Bedouins. It was conceived and funded by Robert H. Arnow, a New York City real estate executive and chairman emeritus of the University’s board of governors.

The BGU Center also serves as a liaison with the Bedouin community. It provides a platform to study Bedouin heritage as well as the challenges and changes confronting the Negev Bedouin society, through academic research and public discussion. The Center prides itself in having many highly educated members of the Bedouin community involved in research, debate and decision-making concerning societal difficulties of their own community.

BGU places special emphasis on providing higher education opportunities for Bedouin students, helping them academically and financially.  During its first decade, the Bedouin Center played a central role in providing tuition grants for female Bedouin students as well as a variety of support programs which led to more than two hundred Bedouin women graduating in various academic departments. A number of these students have earned advanced degrees including Dr. Rania Okby Abed El-Hady, Israel’s first female Bedouin medical doctor. Prior to the Center, only a few female students received degrees.

About American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision: creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University’s expertise locally and around the globe. Activities include showcasing BGU’s academic excellence and cutting-edge research through educational programs, events and informative communications. AABGU’s main purpose is to support Ben-Gurion’s vision and the university that bears his name by creating a community of Americans committed to improving the world tomorrow from the heart of the Israeli desert today.

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