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3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
In the ten years since Anchor first published Elizabeth and Robert Fernea's award-winning The Arab World: Personal Encounters, vast political and economic shifts have taken place: the end of the Iran/Iraq War and the Lebanese civil war; the outbreak of the Gulf War; the historic 1993 peace accords between Israel and the Palestinians, to name just a few. Which is why the Fe ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published June 16th 1997 by Anchor (first published April 1985)
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Sep 14, 2015 aj rated it really liked it
My favorite part of this book is when Elizabeth (a seasoned anthropologist and scholar) is introduced to Arab discontents of Western cultural hegemony. Overall an enjoyable read, and good portrayal of the complex interactions between Western "observers" and Arab individuals.
Feb 11, 2007 A-ron rated it it was amazing
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An interweaving of essays and personal experiences written by an American couple about the arab countries they have visited and studied throughout their lives. Easy to read. Lucid. Good span of time to show changes.

I think this is an excellent book to help expose an American to this part of the world and thereby hopefully broaden their world view.
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Jun 10, 2011 Dave/Maggie Bean rated it really liked it
Firsthand experiences in the world's most volatile region from an anthropological perspective. Light on theory, heavy on empirical observation.
Jan 02, 2009 John rated it it was amazing
This is a muyst read. I really enjoyed this book.
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Elizabeth Warnock Fernea was an influential writer, filmmaker, and anthropologist who spent much of her life in the field producing numerous ethnographies and films that capture the struggles and turmoil of African and Middle Eastern cultures. Her husband, the anthropologist Robert A. Fernea, was a large influence in her life. Fernea is commonly regarded as a pioneer for women in the field of Midd ...more
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