Elizabeth Warnock Fernea

Elizabeth Warnock Fernea, the pioneering scholar of Arab women and the Middle East, has died.  We reviewed her excellent Guests of the Sheikh here last month. The Los Angeles Times has a sympatheic obituary:

[W]hen she left [the Iraqi village of El Nahra] two years later, she had won over the women and the village with her efforts to learn their language and culture.

In “500 Great Books by Women” (1994), reviewer Rebecca Sullivan wrote, “The story of her life among the Iraqis is eye-opening, written with intellectual honesty as well as love and respect for the seemingly impenetrable society.”

Here is Guests of the Sheikh on Amazon, and here is the quasi-sequel, The Arab World. Here are her pages on Librarything and Wikipedia. Dr. Fernea wrote several books about women and Arab society and served as director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas.

I spend some of my time in the rural areas south of metropolitan Baghdad.  Dr. Fernea’s book, which I read only a few weeks ago, opened a vital window onto rural Iraqi society.  Its acute observation and spare prose make it an American classic, like Dr. Fernea herself.

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  1. Ashis K Das Says:

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    E-mail: heartsmoon@aol.com
    Phone: 781-454-6666 (Days)

    INDIANAPOLIS EUCHRE, SPADES AND HEARTS TOURNAMENT
    AUGUST 20 / 21

    WAYNE TOWNSHIP EDUCATION CTR.
    700 NORTH HIGH SCHOOL ROAD,
    INDIANAPOLIS, IN.
    317 – 248 – 7931

    “A Grand Prix Affiliated Event”

    The Indianapolis Euchre, Spades and Hearts Tournament is scheduled for the weekend
    of August 20 / 21.

    Friday night Aug. 20, will feature the “Meet & Greet” Warmup Games from 6 – 10 PM. (Partners’ Progressive 8 Rounds, 8 Hands each)

    Entry Fee – $20/Player.

    THE MAIN EVENT

    Saturday, August 21 will feature –

    Euchre Partners’ Ten Point Games (8 Rounds with a Playoff for The Top 4 Teams).

    Registration – 9:00 AM.
    Round 1 @ 10 AM.

    Entry Fee $ 40 PER Player.

    Lunch Break will be from 12:30 – 1:30 PM

    Dinner Break TBA

    Saturday night will be the Euchre Progressive 10 Round, 8 Hands per Round Tournament.
    Registration at 5:30 PM / Round 1 at 6 PM

    Entry Fee – $25 per Player.

    Cash Prizes paid to 4 Places

    The Spades Tournament will feature a “Meet and Greet” on Friday Night, a 3 Round “Mini”
    Partners’ Tournament

    Entry Fee – $ 20 / Player

    The Spades Main Event

    Saturday, August 21

    Registration at 9 AM

    Entry fee – $ 40/player

    Five Rounds (500 point standard games) of Spades, with a Playoff for the Top 4 teams after Dinner. Cash Prizes Paid to top 4 Teams, as described above.

    All tournies will feature Optional Side Pots and Loners Pots! (100% Return).

    THIS TOURNAMENT IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 64 EUCHRE AND 64 SPADES PLAYERS WHO ENTER.

    Hearts

    Sat, Aug 21, 2010. Possibly also during the meet and greet on Fri. Contact Joe Andrews for more info.

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