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Guy Farrish
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I was going to ask you who the ‘Jabaliyya’ were.

I thought al-‘asha’ir just meant ‘ the tribes’, but I could well be wrong – not an Arabic speaker/reader.

As for the rest-well quite.

I suppose you could differentiate a French from an English from a German peasant in the 12th century  Рbut how many contemporaries could be bothered?

I’d go with a generic ‘levantine’ or ‘middle eastern’ or ‘caucasus’ look. Crass stereotyping no doubt – but as we saw in the Welsh discussion I am consistently indifferent to minor ‘national’/’racial’ dress differences!