Editorial Services

If you're writing a book (or even planning a writing project) and all of your questions aren't answered here and here, consider using Lantern's editorial services to make your work the best it can be.

Environmental Standards

Lantern is honored to be a recipient of the highest standard in environmentally responsible publishing from the Green Press Initiative.


Shifting Sands

Bedouin Women at the Crossroads

Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Gil Sedan

Dramatic events in the Middle East are frequently in today’s headlines. Behind those headlines, however, a quiet revolution is taking place that may reshape that volatile part of the world in fundamental ways. The Bedouin people of Palestine and Israel represent one of the most traditional cultures in that area. Only a generation ago, they were nomads wandering the Negev Desert on camels, migrating with their herds of sheep and moving households with the seasons. Is a polygamous, male-dominated society, women have had little control over the course of their own lives and destiny. This is beginning to change.

For millennia, Bedouin culture remained essentially unchanged, until several decades ago when the Israeli government demanded that they leave behind their nomadic ways and settle down in state-sanctioned townships. Adapting to new conditions has brought numerous changes for a population accustomed to freedom in the desert. One such challenge is the result of the Bedouin’s increased contact with Western-oriented Israeli society, leading many young women to look beyond the constraints of traditional culture to seek greater independence and equality with men.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Gil Sedan set out to discover how those changes have affected Bedouin society and to meet the women who have courageously followed their own path. Through personal stories and encounters, Shifting Sands shows how Bedouin men and women have dealt with their changing society and how the clash between modernity and tradition leads to turmoil, as well as to social and individual transformation. The authors also offer glimpses of how this desert revolution may change attitudes and interactions among the Arab and Jewish peoples of Israel.

192 pp.  
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Lantern Books


Published:  March 2009


Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer is well known for her pioneering work in the field of media psychology, specifically sex. However, her doctorate from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, is in the Interdisciplinary Study of the Family, and she has created several books (published by Lantern Books) and documentary films on the family (which have aired on PBS stations throughout the country). The documentary on which the book is based. See all books by Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Gil Sedan has worked for the past thirty years as the Arab Affairs correspondent of Israel Television Channel One and the Jewish telegraphic Agency Jerusalem bureau. He has filmed numerous documentaries on the Arab minority in Israel, most recently on the Arab town of Umm al-Fahem, controlled by the Islamic Movement. Sedan was editor and host of the Arabesque Middle East television magazine, the only bilingual (Hebrew–Arabic) regional program. Sedan majored in Middle East History at Tel-Aviv University, and earned an MA in journalism from the University of Missouri. He guest lectured on Middle East history at the University of Florida (2000) and presently teaches television reporting at two colleges in northern Israel. See all books by Gil Sedan

Related Titles

  • Making Their Own Peace : Twelve Women of Jerusalem
  • He Walked Through Walls : A Twentieth-Century Tale of Survival
  • Songs of My Families : A Thirty-Seven Year Odyssey from Korea to America and Back
  • Defiant Daughters : 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals, and the Sexual Politics of Meat
  • The Unknown Face of Islam : Circassians in Israel
  • Related Titles by Subject:

    Social Thought: Family Life

    Home | View Cart | Ordering | About | Contact | News | Events

    ©2013- Lantern Books