Ramathan, the fasting month, was nearly in, which kindles in Moslem spirits, even of the wild Arab, a new solemnity of religion; the Beduins, aping the town guise, which they had seen at Medina, now stood out from the byut at the hours, and making ranks, they rehearsed the formal prayer, bowing the empty foreheads and falling upon the petticoated knees together.
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Source Notes: Travels in Arabia Deserta, vol. 1 (1923). The "byut" is the Arab home, in this case the tent of the Nomads with whom Doughty traveled. He writes of the hardships of trying to carry out the strict fasts while navigating through the desert heat and notes that the Qur'an does not require those who are traveling to follow the injunctions of the prophet. While he describes the hardships these people suffer for their faith, this quotation indicates that he is not wholly sympathetic with nor understanding of the complexity of their religious practices.
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