Elizabeth Warnock Fernea

Elizabeth Warnock Fernea was an influential American writer, filmmaker, and anthropologist, known for her work related to the Middle East, particularly women's roles in the region. She authored several books, including 'Guests of the Sheik: An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village' and 'A Street in Marrakech', which provide insights into the lives and cultures of the people she studied. Her work often reflected her personal experiences living in various Middle Eastern countries alongside her husband, Robert A. Fernea, who was also an anthropologist.


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  1. 1. Guests Of The Sheik

    The book is an autobiographical account of a young American woman's experience living in a small Iraqi village in the late 1950s. As the wife of an anthropologist, she immerses herself in the local culture, particularly the lives of the women, navigating the complexities of gender roles, traditions, and the veil. The narrative offers an intimate glimpse into the domestic lives, social customs, and familial bonds of the villagers, while also reflecting on the author's own cultural assumptions and the process of cross-cultural understanding. Through her journey, the author gains a deeper appreciation for the community's way of life and confronts the challenges of being an outsider in a tightly-knit society.

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