group of (vast majority Muslim) Arab nomads who have historically inhabited the Arabian and Syrian Deserts

Bedouins are an Arab ethnocultural group. They are descended from nomads who lived in the Arabian, Syrian and Saharan Deserts.[1]

Bedouin man in United Arab Emirates

They call themselves the people of the tent, because they travelled around, living in tents. Bedouin were camel raisers and drivers, sheep and goat nomads, cattle driving nomads, and merchants. Today many Bedouin have given up the nomadic life and live and work in towns. The Bedouin are the original Breeders of the Arabian Horse.

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  1. Losleben, Elizabeth 2003. The Bedouin of the Middle East. Lerner Publications, 4–5. ISBN 978-0-8225-0663-8