I could tell my friends in America again and again that the veiling and seclusion of Eastern women did not mean necessarily that they were forced against their will to lie lives of submission and near-serfdom. For example, she was invited to help prepare feasts and eat with the women in the kitchen. The fathers loved their daughters. She is at first willing, since her husband, Bob, had no choice and his job permitted him to do so in moving to a completely new country. I still have it, and still remember it--which speaks well for it! Fatima feels sorry that Elizabeth is so far from her mother and all on her own in a foreign country. To understand how the people of one culture interpret a situation or event, one must evaluate the attributes… 1236 Words 5 Pages comfortable speaking their native tongue and felt a sense of similarity in their group. Elizabeth Warnock Fernea traveled and lived in a small Iraqi village for two years with her anthropologist husband in the late 1950's.
The author's husband is in Iraq on business, and she spends the time there living with the women and learning about the differences and similarities of their cultures. It's a tremendous help in keeping track of the everyone as their stories are told. . We need to respect that and appreciate our differences! I was very interested in learning the words in Arabic and enjoyed looking them up in the glossary at the back of the book. It's non fiction, but very readable.
Still current today Written in the mid 50's, a doctoral candidate and his new wife spend 3 years living in a house as the Guest of The Sheik. This is because social norms and customs that regulate the behaviours of Muslim men and women are rooted in sacred texts and pivotal. You have met an American woman for the first time in your life, and have come to know her pretty well. In an ethnography called, Guest of the Sheik, by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea, she talks about her experiences in a small rural village of El Nahra in southern Iraq. An American woman travels with her newlywed husband to a remove village where he, as an anthropologist, is studying. It provides a nice closing touch to the book.
It made a strong impression on This book was assigned reading for one of my women's studies courses in college. Usually, you do go in with intention, a research question, and a focus. This was a required reading book for an introductory anthropology class that I took. You are Fatima, a middle-aged, middle-class woman in El Nahra, Iraq in 1954. For example christians commemorate… 957 Words 4 Pages Every society and culture has different ways of interpreting and defining occurrences by the way their own culture or society functions.
She lives and eats and works as the women of the village do almost entirely secluded from her husband. Topic 3: Being an ethnographer. In the end, it is a tale of friendship across strong cultural differences and I thought it was written from an interesting perspective. Anti-conquest was used to analyse the Book in which in the eyes of travel writers would read some references and write something of the culture even in a point of destroying the society to make appear good to the reader. It also helps to preserve family honor.
Admittedly, I have not read many personal accounts of this kind so my basis for comparison is fairly limited. And agriculture is predominantly male labor. It is important to consider the time frame in which this book was written. You have met an American woman for the first time in your life, and have come to know her pretty well. Fernea did her best to assimilate into the local culture during her two year stay. In short, I nearly flew through the book.
Where she is horrified that they must hide their hair and limit their travel, they are equally horrified that she is so far from her mother and has virtually no jewelry. Fernea who is an anthropologist who went to the village in Iraq to study the culture. It was so different than I had imagined. The woman are appalled, thus for the rest of stay, Elizabeth knows if she does not wear the abayah, or if she sits with men that are not her husband or other relation and plays cards, or if she mixes with other men in the village she will be seen as promiscuous because the Iraqi culture and society she is in does not understand, nor does it approve of Western culture. It is 1957 and Elizabeth known as Beeja in the village and her husband are newlyweds, Americans, and Bob is doing anthropology studies. This was a mesmerizing account of a woman who married an American anthropologist and ended up living among women in southern Iraq for a couple years.
They learn to love and be passionate about their husbands. The work on which it is based is around 50 years old. Fernea entered El Nahra naïve to the culture. Most of the cultures are used to seeing only female and male getting married but looking deeper into the society; we can see there are more to it. And in lineage principal, it is extremely important to preserve inheritance within the family.
This volume gives a unique insight into a part of the Midddle Eastern life seldom seen by the West. However, Elizabeth does not see herself as the women of the village see her, she thinks of herself as well-off compared to the village women, she has free will, under no rule of religion or submission to males. They spend almost all of their time inside their houses, waiting for their husbands to come home while taking care of the household. The book tells of the author's experiences growing up in Iraq. Elizabeth Fernea's entertaining account of her time spent in El Nahra in southern Iraq during the 1950's, is uniquely insightful. They had no concept of companionship between a husband and wife. You will learn a lot about the culture.