Guests of the Sheik Book
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

Guests of the Sheik


  • Author : Elizabeth Warnock Fernea
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2010-11-03
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307773784

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Guests of the Sheik Excerpt :

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.

Guests of the Sheik Book
Score: 4
From 6 Ratings

Guests of the Sheik


  • Author : Elizabeth Warnock Fernea
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 1995-10-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 370
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385014854

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Guests of the Sheik Excerpt :

A delightful account of one woman's two-year stay in a tiny rural village in Iraq, where she assumed the dress and sheltered life of a harem woman. "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. A wonderful, well-written, and vastly informative ethnographic study that offers a unique insight into a part of the Midddle Eastern life seldom seen by the West.

Guests of the Sheik Book
Score: 4
From 6 Ratings

Guests of the Sheik


  • Author : Elizabeth Warnock Fernea
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1989
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : OCLC:827008837

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Dancing Skeletons Book
Score: 2.5
From 2 Ratings

Dancing Skeletons


  • Author : Katherine A. Dettwyler
  • Publisher : Waveland Press
  • Release Date : 2013-09-26
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781478611585

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Dancing Skeletons Excerpt :

One of the most widely used ethnographies published in the last twenty years, this Margaret Mead Award winner has been used as required reading at more than 600 colleges and universities. This personal account by a biocultural anthropologist illuminates not-soon-forgotten messages involving the sobering aspects of fieldwork among malnourished children in West Africa. With nutritional anthropology at its core, Dancing Skeletons presents informal, engaging, and oftentimes dramatic stories that relate the author’s experiences conducting research on infant feeding and health in Mali. Through fascinating vignettes and honest, vivid descriptions, Dettwyler explores such diverse topics as ethnocentrism, culture shock, population control, breastfeeding, child care, the meaning of disability and child death in different cultures, female circumcision, women’s roles in patrilineal societies, the dangers of fieldwork, and facing emotionally draining realities. Readers will laugh and cry as they meet the author’s friends and informants, follow her through a series of encounters with both peri-urban and rural Bambara culture, and struggle with her as she attempts to reconcile her very different roles as objective ethnographer, subjective friend, and mother in the field. The 20th Anniversary Edition includes a 13-page “Q&A with the Author” in which Dettwyler responds to typical questions she has received individually from students who have been assigned Dancing Skeletons as well as audience questions at lectures on various campuses. The new 23-page “Update on Mali, 2013” chapter is a factual update about economic and health conditions in Mali as well as a brief summary of the recent political unrest.

In Search of Islamic Feminism Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

In Search of Islamic Feminism


  • Author : Elizabeth Warnock Fernea
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 1998-11-10
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 460
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385488587

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In Search of Islamic Feminism Excerpt :

An acclaimed Arab Studies scholar and bestselling author offers a groundbreaking new interpretation of the status and vision of Muslim women—and challenges our own sense of the meaning of feminism. "Islamic feminism" would seem a contradiction in terms to most Westerners. We are taught to think of Islam as a culture wherein social code and religious law alike force women to accept male authority and surrender to the veil. How could feminism emerge under such a code, let alone flourish? Now, traveling throughout Central Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, as well as Islamic communities in the United States, acclaimed Arab Studies scholar and bestselling author Elizabeth Fernea sets out to answer that question. Fernea's dialogue with friends, colleagues, and acquaintances prompts a range of diverse and unpredictable responses, but in every country she visits, women demonstrate they are anything but passive. In Iraq, we see an 85 percent literacy rate among women; in Egypt, we see women owning their own farms; and in Israel, we see women at the very forefront of peacemaking efforts. Poor or rich, educated or illiterate, these women define their own needs, solve their own problems, and determine the boundaries of their own very real, very viable feminism.

Midnight Seduction Book

Midnight Seduction


  • Author : Elizabeth Lennox
  • Publisher : Elizabeth Lennox
  • Release Date : 2021-12-10
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781950451517

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Midnight Seduction Excerpt :

She was the hired help. He was a powerful ruler! Andrea risked it all, and her life was devastated by her decisions. When the dust settled, Andi was left lonely, heartbroken and…pregnant! But she pulled herself together. Pregnancy and giving birth were terrifying to go through alone, but Andi was finally pulling herself through this challenging time in her life. And then he upended her world once again! Sheik Zahir had left the lovely Andi that morning, but he’d never meant to lose her forever! It had taken ten months to find her. By that point, it was critical that he save her from ruthless people who would hurt her in order to get to him. That’s when he discovered that she wasn’t alone – that she held his infant daughter in her arms! Can Zahir and Andi maneuver through this unexpected twist in their relationship? Or is she too hurt about his departure months ago to ever trust him again? This is the 3rd story in the Scandalous Sheiks series. I hope you enjoy this one as much as the previous two!

Some Girls Book
Score: 3.5
From 22 Ratings

Some Girls


  • Author : Jillian Lauren
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2010-04-27
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101404447

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Some Girls Excerpt :

A jaw-dropping story of how a girl from the suburbs ends up in a prince's harem, and emerges from the secret Xanadu both richer and wiser At eighteen, Jillian Lauren was an NYU theater school dropout with a tip about an upcoming audition. The "casting director" told her that a rich businessman in Singapore would pay pretty American girls $20,000 if they stayed for two weeks to spice up his parties. Soon, Jillian was on a plane to Borneo, where she would spend the next eighteen months in the harem of Prince Jefri Bolkiah, youngest brother of the Sultan of Brunei, leaving behind her gritty East Village apartment for a palace with rugs laced with gold and trading her band of artist friends for a coterie of backstabbing beauties. More than just a sexy read set in an exotic land, Some Girls is also the story of how a rebellious teen found herself-and the courage to meet her birth mother and eventually adopt a baby boy.

The Arab World Book

The Arab World


  • Author : Elizabeth Warnock Fernea
  • Publisher : Anchor Books
  • Release Date : 1985
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 366
  • ISBN 10 : 0385171234

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The Arab World Excerpt :

Beyond considering the history, religion, leadership, and current social trends in the Arab world, the authors closely examine the lives of its people to portray the realities of daily life in the Arab nations

The Sheikh s Christmas Conquest Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

The Sheikh s Christmas Conquest


  • Author : Sharon Kendrick
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Release Date : 2015-11-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781460386507

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The Sheikh s Christmas Conquest Excerpt :

Summoned by the sheikh! Sheikh Saladin Al Mektala isn't used to being disobeyed. Incomprehensibly, the woman he summoned to help his favorite mare—the best horse "whisperer" in the world—turned his generous offer down! So he takes matters into his own hands. The snow is falling, the fire is roaring and the mince pies are in the oven when innocent Olivia Miller finds a darkly handsome and physically compelling man on her doorstep… The sheikh she dared to refuse is here to whisk her off to his kingdom—and this time he won't take no for an answer! A passionate read for Christmas nights!

Behind the Invasion of Iraq Book

Behind the Invasion of Iraq


  • Author : , The Research Unit for Political Economy
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release Date : 2003-09-01
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 9781583674062

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Behind the Invasion of Iraq Excerpt :

"This book contributes significantly ot the conversation seeking to understand the international forces at play in the threatening war on Iraq." —Nelson Mandela "Behind the Invasion of Iraq . . .synthesizes the seemingly disparate threads of the U.S. war drive in a blistering indictment of American foreign policy . . .The effect is of puzzle pieces clicking into place." —Counterpunch Since September 11, 2001, there have been many accounts of the ways in which the alignment of global power is changing or will be changed by the U.S.'s "war on terrorism." Most of them take as their starting point the options facing the wealthy and powerful nations of the world seeking to control an ever larger share of the world's resources. Behind the Invasion of Iraq is written from a different perspective, and one that makes possible a far more comprehensive point of view. Its authors, Research Unit for Political Economy, are rooted in the politics of a Third World country—India—which has long been on the receiving end of imperialist power. As a consequence, they have a more sober view of the workings of global power. In clear and accessible prose, weighing the evidence carefully and tracing events to their root causes, they move beyond moral outrage to a clear view of the process being set in motion by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. They show that the invasion of Iraq is a desperate gamble by a section of the U.S. ruling elite to preserve their power, driven by the wish to stave off economic crisis through military means. Their efforts will not end with Iraq, but will require the recolonization of the middle East. Behind the Invasion of Iraq exposes the idea that war will bring democracy to the Middle East as so much propaganda. In a context where so many rulers are themselves clients of the United States, the war is aimed not at the rulers but at the masses of ordinary people whose hostility to imperialism has not been broken even by corrupt and autocratic rulers. This boo

The Passeggiata and Popular Culture in an Italian Town Book

The Passeggiata and Popular Culture in an Italian Town


  • Author : Giovanna P. Del Negro
  • Publisher : McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
  • Release Date : 2005
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 202
  • ISBN 10 : 0773527397

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The Passeggiata and Popular Culture in an Italian Town Excerpt :

An in-depth study detailing how members of a small Italian community use both traditional practices and expressive forms taken from popular culture to grapple with the social changes brought about by modernity.

Being Muslim the Bosnian Way Book

Being Muslim the Bosnian Way


  • Author : Tone Bringa
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-09-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400851782

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Being Muslim the Bosnian Way Excerpt :

"I have been able to follow a Bosnian community over a period of six years, during which it has undergone dramatic changes. In the late 1980s people were working hard against economic crisis. In 1990 they were full of optimism for the future. In January 1993 the village was in fear, surrounded by war on all sides. In April 1993 it was attacked by Croat forces. In October 1993 none of the Muslims in the village remained. They had either fled, been placed in detention camps, or been killed." Thus begins Tone Bringa's moving ethnographic account of Bosnian Muslims' lives in a rural village located near Sarajevo. Although they represent a majority of the population in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnian Muslims are still members of a minority culture in the region that was once Yugoslavia. The question of ethno- national identity has become paramount in this society, and the author focuses on religion as the defining characteristic of identity. Bringa pays particular attention to the roles that women play in defining Muslim identities, and she examines the importance of the household as a Muslim identity sphere. In so doing, she illuminates larger issues of what constitutes "nationality." This is a gripping and heartfelt account of a community that has been torn apart by ethno-political conflict. It will attract readers of all backgrounds who want to learn more about one of the most intractable wars of the late twentieth century and the people who have been so tragically affected.

One Dance with the Sheikh Book

One Dance with the Sheikh


  • Author : Tessa Radley
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Release Date : 2012-05-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781459227262

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One Dance with the Sheikh Excerpt :

A spontaneous, passion-filled Vegas romp with a sheikh is out of the ordinary for sensible Laurel Kincaid. She's walked the straight-and-narrow her entire life and has wound up with more stress and conflict than she can handle. Indulging in a jaunt with irresistible Rakin Whitcomb Abdellah is a delicious escape. So delicious that she says "I do" to a short-term marriage of convenience so he can claim his inheritance. But being husband and wife behind closed doors is more tantalizing than either of them expected, and suddenly the rules of their temporary marriage feel very inconvenient….

A Short History of Iraq Book

A Short History of Iraq


  • Author : Thabit Abdullah
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2014-05-12
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 233
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317864196

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A Short History of Iraq Excerpt :

This accessible guide has been fully updated to take into account the Iraq War and subsequent developments, whilst retaining its character as a non-partisan and approachable text for students and interested readers alike. The twentieth century witnessed the transformation of the area known currently as Iraq from a backward region of the Ottoman Empire, to one of the most important and dynamic states in the Middle East. The rise of modern Iraq has its roots in the second half of the nineteenth century when Ottoman reforms led to gradual state modernization and increasing integration in the World Economy. British control after World War I was one of the determining factors in the establishment of the current borders of the country and the nature of its subsequent national identity. The other important factor was the highly heterogeneous nature of Iraqi society being divided along tribal, ethnic, religious, and sectarian lines. This book focuses on the interaction between the old and the new, or between continuity and change, as it is manifested in the nature of social development, nation-building, the state and the political opposition. An entirely new chapter focusing on the recent conflict has been added, and will contain sections on: The new chapter will have the following sections: The Question of American Intervention Invasion and the Fall of Saddam Looting & the Collapse of the Central State The Provisional Authority’s Reforms The Nature of the Resistance Iraq’s New Political Reality Elections and the Rise of Sectarian Parties Social-Economic Transformations The Challenge of the Future.

Monique and the Mango Rains Book
Score: 4
From 36 Ratings

Monique and the Mango Rains


  • Author : Kris Holloway
  • Publisher : Waveland Press
  • Release Date : 2006-07-20
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 215
  • ISBN 10 : 9781478609025

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Monique and the Mango Rains Excerpt :

In a remote corner of West Africa, Monique Dembele saved lives and dispensed hope every day in a place where childbirth is a life-and-death matter. Monique and the Mango Rains is the compelling story of the authors decade-long friendship with Monique, an extraordinary midwife in rural Mali. It is a tale of Moniques unquenchable passion to better the lives of women and children in the face of poverty, unhappy marriages, and endless backbreaking work, as well as her tragic and ironic death. In the course of this deeply personal narrative, as readers immerse in village life and learn firsthand the rhythms of Moniques world, they come to know her as a friend, as a mother, and as an inspired woman who struggled to find her place in a male-dominated world.