Dr Said Salman Abu-Athera is Jordanian heritage, originally Palestinian, Bedouin from the south of Palestine. He completed his PhD from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He is an independent researcher into Bedouin poetry, lore, and customs, and an Associate Member of the Sub-Faculty of the Near and Middle Eastern Studies at Oxford. He has published and broadcast extensively in Arabic and acted as a consultant for UNESCO on Bedouin affairs. He is a founder member of the Jordanian National Committee for Cultural Heritage, and established the Centre for the Preservation of Bedouin Culture, a non-Profit NGO.