Guests of the Sheik

An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village

by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea

A delightful, well-written, and vastly informative ethnographic study, this is an account of Fernea's two-year stay in a tiny rural village in Iraq, where she assumed the dress and sheltered life of a harem woman. This volume gives a unique insight into a part of the Midddle Eastern life seldom seen by the West.

"A most enjoyable book abouut [Muslim women]--simple, dignified, human, colorful, sad and humble as the life they lead." --Muhsin Mahdi, Jewett Professor of Arabic Literature, Harvard Unversity.

  • Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; November 2010
  • ISBN: 9780307773784
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: Guests of the Sheik
  • Author: Elizabeth Warnock Fernea
  • Imprint: Anchor

About The Author

Elizabeth Warnock Fernea teaches English and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She and her husband, Robert A. Fernea, have traveled extensively throughout North Africa and the Arab Peninsula and are the co-authors of The Arab World.