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Read Guests of the Sheik: An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea. Fernea spent the first two years of her marriage in the 1950s living in a small village in Southern Iraq, and her book is a personal narrative about life behind a veil in a community unaccustomed to Western women. She arrived speaking only a few words of Arabic and feeling dubious about her husband's expectation that she adapt completely to the segregated society in order to accommodate his anthropological study. A delightful, well-written, and vastly informative ethnographic study.
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