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Tribes Thani, Saudi, Falasi, Qatani, Shamri. Uaitabi....

Reader comment on item: Qatar: A Powder Keg Waiting to Explode?
in response to reader comment: Al Jazeera factor

Submitted by Al Norm (Australia), Jul 3, 2017 at 06:39

The battle between the large tribal groups has been going on for thousands of years. The modernity is just superficiality of the deeper tribal competition. We tend to think that this vision of skyscrapers, huge freeways, modern hotels is a reform of old traditions.

In my experience, they would be just as happy in a tent with their camels, extended families and constant fighting. The modern frippery is to show the farangi (the West) that they are more civilized than us. As well each tribe competes with the others to be the best. Thani, Saudi, Falasi, Qatani, Shamri. Uaitabi.... Ask any one of them and they can recite their ancestors going back 50 generations. (and their battles)

The Thani faction have got too big for their thobes (and they are fat!) and the other tribes have got together to pull them back in line.


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