In addition to her husband, Robert, Fernea is survived by her daughters, Laura Ann and Laila; her son, David; and several grandchildren.
by Elizabeth Wernick Fernea is an account of her experiences in El Nahra in Iraq.
Other earlier books, such as “A View of the Nile” (1970), were also autobiographical.
Later works, written after she joined the University of Texas in 1975 to teach comparative literature and Middle Eastern studies, were more scholarly.
When Fernea arrived at the village, she was flabbergasted by the environment and the setting of the village.
She had to make up her mind about donning the At the beginning of her stay, she felt resented and unwanted. They took advantage of every available opportunity to make Fernea feel like an outsider.
For the book “In Search of Feminism: One Woman’s Global Journey” (1998), she traveled to nine countries over two years to interview Muslim women about feminism.
She concluded that there was a strong feminist movement in the Middle East but that it was an “Islamic feminism” that meant women struggled to live in harmony under the laws of Islam.
They laughed at her when she tried to speak Arabic and make bread.
In addition, they laughed at her because she did not have any gold on her (Fernea, 1965).