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The word “nomad” is derived from Latin through Gk. nemō, meaning either “pasture” or “distribute.” The simplest definition of a nomad is a person who must keep moving to gain basic life sustenance. Nomadism is usually the product of a sparse environment, weather patterns (sometimes seasonal), or economic or political shifts making mobility essential for survival. It does not properly apply to immigrants, those who move from one dwelling plac…

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Boraas, Roger S., “Nomads”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 08 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_N230>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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