Vol 1 No 4 Spring/Summer 2001

KURI Journal Helps for Readers:

Annotated Bibliography for

Lebanon and Syria

Readers who are new to Dom studies will find here a brief guide to some of the English language literature that has been published. Material is drawn from scholarly journals, popular magazines, and newspapers. The descriptions are content oriented as opposed to critical reviews. The articles that are available on this web site can be accessed by clicking on the title of the article.

Father Anastas. "The Nawar or Gypsies of the East." Translated from the Arabic by Alexander Russell. Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society New Series, Vol. VII, No. 4 (1913-1914): 297-319.
  This is a translation of a 1902 Arabic work titled "Present Information on the Study of the Gypsies." The article is divided into four sections. The first is titled "Definition," but is actually a description of the author's perception of the outwardly observable characteristics of the Gypsy lifestyle. In section two a discussion of the historical references to the Gypsies is provided. The author knew of no references to the Nawar in the Arabic literature. The third section of the article is devoted to a very brief summary of the opinions regarding the origins of the Gypsy people. This summary is followed by a final section in which more extensive detailing of the various names is given.
Father Anastas. "The Nawar or Gypsies of the East." Translated from the Arabic by Alexander Russell. Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society New Series, Vol. VIII, No. 2 (1914-1915): 140-153.
  This article is the second part of Father Anastas' treatment regarding the Gypsies. Included in the article is a discussion of language, population, dress and physical features. Readers will not find here a grammatical analysis of the language. There are only a few paragraphs giving general information about the nouns and verbs. The remainder of the language section is a summary of what can be found in the Arabic writers.
Father Anastas. "The Nawar or Gypsies of the East." Translated from the Arabic by Alexander Russell. Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society New Series, Vol. VIII, No. 4 (1914-1915): 266-280.
  The third article in the series deals with their tricks; culture, morals and habits; religion; employments, arts, and occupations; appearance in Europe and the views of the Europeans on their origin; and the form of society among them, their social life, and their chiefs. Readers will find that the descriptions in these articles present a generally negative view of the Gypsies.
Al-Awar, Nada and Dandash, Morshed. "They come in their big cars and make promises they never keep," The Beirut Daily Star June 13, 1998.
  A newspaper article describing how some Lebanese politicians play on the needs of the poor in order to secure their votes. The article shows a Gypsy family's view of this situation; however, the writer seems to imply that such is the situation for most Lebanese living below the poverty line. More specific to the Gypsy situation in Lebanon, the writer does describe the living conditions and challenges that this particular Gypsy family faces.
Groome, Francis Hindes. "Persian and Syrian Gypsies," Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society 1, II (1889): 21-27.
  This article is composed primarily of two lengthy quotes: a passage from Sir William Ouseley's 1823 work, Travel's in Various Countries of the East; more particularly Persia; and a passage from Hone's Ancient Mysteries (1823). Regarding Syrian Gypsies, the reader will find a Syrian-Gypsy vocabulary list dating from the year 1881. This list originated in Damascus.
Hannouch, Julie. "Schooling the Chiclet Children," The Beirut Daily Star August 19, 1999.
  In this newspaper report Julie Hannouch recounts the efforts of Dr. Agnes Sanders to improve the educational situation of the Gypsy children in the Hay al-Gharbeh shantytown in Beirut. Readers interested in the issues involved in Gypsy educational programs in the Middle East will find this article informative.
Sinclair, Albert Thomas. "The Oriental Gypsies," The Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society (New Series) Vol. I (January 1908): 197-211.
  An article based on the current literature of the period and the writer's own observations and interviews regarding the Gypsies in Turkey, Syria, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia, Turkestan, India and Kashmir. Sinclair addressed their distribution, movement, languages and occupations before turning to more specific reports on the Gypsies in countries/areas he called Turkestan and Afghanistan, Persia, Kurdish, Caucasus, Syria and Egypt.
Williams, G.A. "The Gypsies of Lebanon: A DRC Update, April 2000," KURI - DRJournal, Vol. 1, No. 2 Spring/Summer 2000.
  A general report based on the personal encounters of the writer with the Dom of Lebanon. The areas of focus in the article include their geographical distribution in the country, their language, their occupations, migration patterns and the attitudes of others toward them.
Williams, G.A. "The Gypsies of Syria: A DRC Update, May 2001," KURI - DRJournal, Vol. 1, No. 4 Spring/Summer 2001.
  This article is a presentation of the current situation of the Gypsies in Syria. The information is based on personal interviews and observations by the writer; however, several references to the available literature are made which enable the reader to see the development (or lack of development) in the collective knowledge about the Gypsies of Syria. A list of names and general information about their origins, occupations, population statistics and living conditions are provided.
Winstedt, E.O. "Syrian Gypsies," Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society Third Series, 30 (1951): 78-79.
  Winstedt relates several tales about the Syrian Gypsies (specifically a camp in Damascus). The stories illustrate their occupations and poverty, but primarily their treachery.
"A DRC Interview with Dr. Agnes Sanders," KURI - DRJournal, Vol. 1, No. 4 Spring Summer 2001.
  This Dom Research Center interview provides a follow-up report to the August 19, 1999 article by Julie Hannouche in the Beirut Daily Star. The interview focuses on the current situation of the Gypsy community and the on-going work of Dr. Sanders and her team.

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