Table of Contents

Umm Mahmoud

My ‘Rope of Celebration’ or Table of Contents
Married to a Bedouin
Dedication
Map
Acknowledgement
1978 In The Beginning 1
To the Cave 7
A Bit of History 13
A Look at the Bride 19
A Bedouin Wedding 22
Fate and Destiny 30
Courting 34
A Wedding Certificate — What For? 35
A Wedding Certificate — Success as Last 41
In-Laws 49
Geography, and Ancient History 51
My Own Bedouin Wedding 56
Goes on… And on 65
What Did Your Mother Say? 69
The Daily Grind 71
Shraak, Wobrs and Juniper Wood 74
Dear Elizabeth 81
Spring Cleaning 83
An Adventure For a Cure 86
A Flash Flood 92
1979 A Beautiful Bedouin Baby 94
A Bit of Presige 98
The Petra Clinic 104
Clinic Visitors 109
The Old Man and the Rababa… Read Extract 112
The Settlement Project 113
The Treasury – My Husband’s Workplace 116
One-pot Dinner 119
The Local Store 120
The City and Spirit 124
The Plastic Scorpion 130
Tempting Fate 132
The Makeena 133
The Pilgrimage to Mecca 135
Dangers 137
Rattam Stumps 140
1980 Cards 142
Holy Bread 145
The Road to Umm Sayhoon 146
Nabataean Inscriptions 148
Jidaya, A Furtune Teller 151
Call Him Awwad 152
An Adventure to Wadi Sabra 153
Salwa – Our Pride and Joy 159
Postnatal Support 161
Flexi-hours 167
Caves and Tents 168
Nuha, the Vaccination Lady 171
Winter at Abdallah’s 174
Eid a-Thehiya 178
Homeward Bound 180
1981 A New Floor and an Old Lamp 183
A Car, A Loan 188
In the Car to the Khateeb 189
In the Middle of the Night to Ma’an 193
Accidents Do Happen (i) 195
Why Donate What You Can Sell? 196
1982 Relations and Home Improvements 197
New Zealand Backpackers 201
A Desert Stage 202
The Yarmouk Force 206
Bedouin Bracelets 208
Al-Jimedy, a Neighbour 208
Accidents Do Happen (ii) 211
Wogbas and Turnagas 214
The Elephant and the Bad Baby 214
Raami Arrives, Feet First 217
‘introducing’ Raami 221
1984 Umm Salwa 223
Salwa’s Swing 224
Summer Stories 225
Smoking 231
A Part of it All 233
Bekhita’s Tent 236
Dakhil-allah, a Sick Man 239
1984 Queen Elizabeth – A Royal Visit 245
Fasting 251
A Girl and Two Boys 254
In-Laws Again 255
Statues 261
1985 The Gold Tooth 262
Moving 265
Epilogue 271