Miriam cooke is Braxton Craven Distinguished Professor of Arab Cultures and Director of the Middle East Studies Center at Duke University. Her early writings focused on the intersection of gender and war in modern Arabic literature and on Arab women writers’ constructions of Islamic feminism. Cooke’s more recent interests have turned to Arab cultural studies with a concentration on dissident cultural production in Syria, the networked connections among Arabs and Muslims around the world, and the emergence of tribal modernity in the Arab world. She is the author of several monographs that include War’s Other Voices (1987), Women and the War Story (1997), Women Claim Islam: Creating Islamic Feminism through Literature (2001), Dissident Syria: Making Oppositional Arts Official (2007), and Nazira Zeineddine: A Pioneer of Islamic Feminism (2010). She has also published a novel, Hayati, My Life (2000). Several of her books have been translated into Arabic, Dutch, and German.