Lara Deeb is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Scripps College. She is also a member of the editorial committee for Middle East Report and the editorial board for the International Journal of Middle East Studies. Deeb is the author of An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi‘i Lebanon (Princeton University Press 2006), as well as of a number of articles on the transformation of Shi‘i religious ritual, Islamist women’s participation in the public sphere, and Hezbollah in Lebanon. She is currently working on a co-authored book project with Mona Harb, tentatively titled “Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Place and Morality in Shi῾ite South Beirut,” funded by the Wenner Gren Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies.
Dina Al-Kassim is Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at the School of Humanities, Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Women’s Studies and in the Culture and theory Ph.D. Program at the University of California at Irvine. Al-Kassim is also an Executive Committee Member of the Critical Theory Institute. Her research interests include modernism, Francophone North Africa, South Africa, and critical theory, as well as abstract psychoanalysis, postcolonial critique, literary and political appropriations of psychoanalysis, colonial law and manipulations of kinship structures, postcolonial Islam, feminist, gender and queer theory, and fin-de-siècle culture. Al-Kassim is the author of On Pain of Speech: Fantasies of the First Order and the Literary Rant (University of California Press, 2010). She received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley.