|Elizabeth Warnock Fernea.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||368 / 1995|
When her anthropologist husband set out for a tiny village in southern Iraq, Elizabeth Warnock Fernea (1927-2008) went along, donning the all-black veils of the harem women and living in a mud-brick cottage. Despite hardly knowing any Arabic at all, Fernea integrated into this polygamous society where women are essentially invisible and there is no social communication between the sexes. The fruits of Fernea's two-year sojourn are found in this carefully observed 1965 memoir, which gives a glimpse into a part of Middle Eastern life that remains little known in the West.