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miriam cooke

miriam cooke is Braxton Craven Distinguished Professor of Arab Cultures at Duke University. She has been a visiting professor in Tunisia, Romania, Indonesia, Qatar, Dartmouth College, and the Alliance of Civilizations Institute in Istanbul. She serves on several national and international advisory boards, including academic journals and institutions. She is editor of the Journal for Middle East Women’s Studies.

Her writings have focused on the intersection of gender and war in modern Arabic literature and on Arab women writers’ constructions of Islamic feminism. She has written about Arab cultural studies with a concentration on Syria, the Arab Gulf and the networked connections among Arabs and Muslims around the world. She is the author of several monographs that include The Anatomy of an Egyptian Intellectual: Yahya HaqqiWar’s Other Voices: Women Writers on the Lebanese Civil WarWomen and the War StoryWomen Claim Islam: Creating Islamic Feminism through LiteratureDissident Syria: Making Oppositional Arts Official, Nazira Zeineddine: A Pioneer of Islamic Feminism, and Tribal Modern: Branding New Nations in the Arab Gulf . She has co-edited several volumes, including Opening the Gates: A Century of Arab Feminist WritingGendering War Talk, Blood into Ink: 20th Century South Asian and Middle Eastern Women Write WarMuslim Networks from Hajj to Hip HopMediterranean Passages: From Dido to Derrida. She has also published a novel, Hayati, My Life (2000). Three of her books were named Choice Outstanding Academic Books. Several of her books and articles have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, and German.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. Bruce
  2. Chocolate
  3. Perfume
  4. A good novel
  5. A challenging topic to research and write about
  6. Travel to the Arab world
  7. Good friends
  8. Good colleagues
  9. A room with a view
  10. Art

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