Lawrence could never have defeated the Turks with his unruly band of Bedouin on camels.
Many of the Bedouin and Christians, especially, are doing their best to distance themselves from the violence.
But what about those Arabs who serve in the IDF, specifically, the Druze who are conscripted and the Bedouin who volunteer?
c.1400, from Old French bedüin (Modern French bédouin), from colloquial Arabic badawin "desert-dwellers," plural of badawi, from badw "desert, camp." The Arabic plural suffix was mistaken for part of the word. A word from the Crusades, it probably was lost in English and then reborrowed from French c.1600. As an adjective from 1844.