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According to the Wikipedia article Bedouins travel together in groups of 1-2 family units however in the same article it mentions the presence of a Tribe who share common descent and are led by a Shaikh, given that they are nomads and don't travel as an entire Tribe, how would they have exercised tribal governance before the advent of widely-available communications technology? For example: how would they locate a specific member if such a need arose? Or how would they all gather if the Shaikh had need for them (war for example)?

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I wonder if the real question is "How did Bedouins exercise tribal governance?". –  Mark C. Wallace Mar 26 '13 at 12:15
    
Why is this past tense? Bedouins are still around. –  T.E.D. Mar 27 '13 at 12:20
    
I'm referring to Bedouins before the advent of widely available communications technology, I will add this to the question. –  JustSomeDude Mar 27 '13 at 12:41
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