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Guests of the Sheik: An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village Paperback – October 1, 1995
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Educated as a journalist, Fernea describes her sojourn both eloquently and honestly. These people become absolutely real in your mind, and I must admit that I felt a lump rise in my throat at the end as her friends in the village ululated unseen their good wishes and mourning at her while leaving the town.
This is, despite the title, almost exclusively about the women of El Nahra, a very small town in the 50's near Diwaniya in southern Iraq. She sees, and therefore reports, little of the activities of men. This is not a general overview, but for what it is it remains a landmark.
Let me stress again, Fernea was only recording her experiences as an American woman in a remote Iraqi village. Upon returning to the US she continued to study the region, and went on to teach Middle Eastern studies at the University of Texas at Austin. I would hardly say she took a little vacation and immediately claimed to be an expert! Obviously, her life in the village of El Nahra impacted her life greatly.
This book was great, and very readable. I would recommend it to anyone curious about women's life in remote Iraqi society.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This took place in the 50's and it is interesting how things seemed to go backwards in Iraq as far as how the people are treated. Lots of info to help understand tribal culture.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Had to read this for a class, and although it is very well written, I hated what it was about and that I was forced to read about something so religious. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nicole Buesen