Beware! There Be Pirates Ahead!

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  1. Patrick S. O'Donnell says:

    I wonder how this compares to Arab bedouin raiding practices (my MTV generation students are here informed that there are several meanings of ‘booty’), which might be seen as piracy on land and an economic necessity (which the emergence of Islam did much to alter). Louise E. Sweet writes: “Raiding is variously regarded as a sport, a passion, an industry by Western writers; it has been labelled brigandage, feuding, and warfare, and has been denounced and deplored, and rarely admired. But few serious students of Bedouin life have failed to appreciate its signficance for the Bedouin, regardless of the moral or political stand from which the writers might evaluate it.”