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Hülya Adak
Sonia N Amin
Kathryn Babayan
Margot Badran
Afshan Bokharifeet
Marilyn Booth
miriam cooke
Nawar al-Hassan Golley
Ruby Lal
Siobhan Lambert-Hurley
Anshu Malhotra
Ellen McLarney
Roberta Micallef
Farzaneh Milani
Gail Minault
Mildred (Mimi) Mortimer
Sylvia Dutra Vatuk
Amina Yaqin

Hülya Adak is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Sabancı University. She has published essays on Ottoman-Turkish memoirs and biographies, national myths, gender and sexuality, and the Armenian deportations during World War I in leading journals such as the South Atlantic Quarterly, PMLA, Biography, and New Perspectives on Turkey. Her most notable publications include “National Myths and Self-Na(rra)tions: Mustafa Kemal’s Nutuk and Halide Edib’s Memoirs and The Turkish Ordeal” and “Exiles at Home: Questions for Turkish and Global Literary Studies.” She is the co-author of so ist das, meine schöne… (Orlanda Verlag), a feminist book with monologues based on interviews exploring women’s sexuality, and the co-editor of the forthcoming anthology Modern Turkish Cultural History through Auto/biographies (Unions Verlag). She is currently writing a book on archival memory of World War I and collective mourning in Ottoman-Turkish autobiographical narratives and literature.

For further information regarding her publications, see http://myweb.sabanciuniv.edu/hadak/su_yayinlar/
For educational background, awards, etc. see http://myweb.sabanciuniv.edu/hadak/

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Sonia N Amin teaches history at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.  She specializes in the history of Gender and Society in nineteenth and early twentieth century Bengal.  Her monograph, The World of Muslim Women in Colonial Bengal 1876-1939 (1996), focuses on the emergence of the modern Muslim gentlewoman in the colonial period.  Apart from traditional historical sources, she has used literary and autobiographical sources as well in this study.  She recently finished a term as the Arthur Lynn Andrews Chair in the Department of History, University of Hawaii, Manoa (Fall 2009). In her leisure time she translates Bengali poetry and fiction into English.

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Kathryn Babayan is Associate Professor of Iranian History and Culture at the Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan. She specializes in the cultural and social histories of early modern Iran.  She is the author of Mystics, Monarchs and Messiahs: Cultural  Landscapes of Early Modern Iran (2003), a co-author of Slaves of the  Shah: New Elites of Safavi Iran, with Sussan Babaie, Ina  Baghdiantz-McCabe, and Massumeh Farhad (2004), and co-editor with  Afsaneh Najmabadi of Islamicate Sexualities: Translations Across Temporal  Geographies of Desire (2008). She is currently working on the politics of Eros and friendship in early modern Iran.

Link: http://www.umich.edu/~neareast/faculty/babayan.htm

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Margot Badran, a historian and gender studies specialist in the Middle East and Muslim societies, is a Senior Fellow at the Prince Alwaleed ibn Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University and a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  Among her interests are secular and Islamic feminisms in Muslim societies and feminism and the construction of female subjectivity in women’s memoirs and auto/biographies.  Among her books are: Harem Years: The Memoirs of an Egyptian Feminist, Huda Shaarawi as translator, editor, and introducer (1986); Feminists, Islam, and Nation: Gender and the Making of Modern Egypt (1995); and Feminism in Islam: Secular and Religious Convergences (2009).

Link: www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=sf.profile&person_id+4722209

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Afshan Bokhari is Assistant Professor of Art History at Suffolk University in Boston, MA.  There, she offers courses in the arts of Asian and Islamic cultures with an emphasis on Women’s Studies from classical to contemporary periods.  She completed her PhD at the Institute of Art History at the University of Vienna in Austria with Dr. Ebba Koch and Dr. Sunil Sharma.  Research interests include the visual and literary arts and socio-religious politics of medieval and contemporary Indian and Islamic cultures; the structures and modes of their representation as they are determined or altered by gender, ‘gendered’ politics and social and religious dynamics.  She has two forthcoming book publications: The Mughals and the Mystics and a monograph on the seventeenth century Mughal princess, Jahan Ara Begum.

Link: http://www.suffolk.edu/nesad/21269_21274.htm

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Marilyn Booth is the Iraq Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies and Head of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Edinburgh.  She earned her BA summa cum laude at Harvard University, in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and her DPhil at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, in Modern Arabic Literature and Modern Middle East History.  She was previously Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Illinois; she has also taught at Brown University and American University in Cairo.  She is author of Bayram al-Tunisi’s Egypt: Social Criticism and Narrative Strategies (1990) and May Her Likes Be Multiplied: Biography and Gender Politics in Egypt (2001), as well as many essays and book chapters on early Arabic fiction and emergent gender activisms; auto/biography; literature of colloquial Arabics; translation theory/practice; masculinities in Arabic literature; literature and the pressures of censorship; emergence of print culture in 19th-20th century Arab societies. She is an award-winning translator of contemporary Arabic fiction into English.

Link: http://www.imes.ed.ac.uk/index_pages/staff_pages/marilyn_booth.html

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miriam cooke is Professor of Arabic and Arab Cultures at Duke University. Her writings have focused on the intersection of gender and war in modern Arabic literature and on Arab women writers’ constructions of Islamic feminism. Her recent interests have turned to Arab cultural studies with a concentration on Syria, and to the networked connections among Arabs and Muslims around the world. She is the author ofseveral monographs that include War's Other Voices: Women Writers on the Lebanese Civil War (1988), Women and the War Story (1997) and Women Claim Islam: Creating Islamic Feminism through Literature (2001). She has co-edited several volumes, including Opening the Gates. A Century of Arab Feminist Writing (1990/ 2005 with Margot Badran); Gendering War Talk (1993 with Angela Woollacott); Blood into Ink: 20th Century South Asian and Middle Eastern Women Write War (1994 with Roshni Rustomji).

Link: www.miriamcooke.com

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Nawar al-Hassan Golley is Associate Professor in Critical & Literary Theory and Gender & Women’s Studies at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.  Her research focuses on women and gender in Arab countries with a particular emphasis on education, science & technology, family and the youth, movements & organizations, personal and travel narratives.  Her publications include Arab women’s lives retold. Exploring identity through writing (New York: Syracuse University Press, 2007) and Reading Arab women’s autobiographies. Shahrazad tells her story (Austin: Texas University Press, 2003).

Link: http://www.aus.edu/facultybios/profile.php?faculty=nhgolley

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Ruby Lal is Associate Professor of South Asian Studies at Emory University, Atlanta, USA. Her research and writing have focused on gender relations in Islamic societies in the precolonial and colonial world. Along with numerous academic articles, and political commentaries, she is the author of Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World (Cambridge, 2005). Her current book project is entitled In Pursuit of Playfulness: Girl-child/woman and the Colonial Modern.

Link: http://mesas.emory.edu/person/lal.htm

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Siobhan Lambert-Hurley is Lecturer in Modern History at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom.  Her research focuses on women, gender and Islam in South Asia with a particular emphasis on education, social and political organisations, the culture of travel, missionaries, and personal narratives.  Her publications include Muslim Women, Reform and Princely Patronage: Nawab Sultan Jahan Begam of Bhopal (2007), A Princess's Pilgrimage: Nawab Sikandar Begum's Account of Haj (2007), Rhetoric and Reality: Gender and the Colonial Experience in South Asia (co-edited with Avril A. Powell) (2006), and Atiya’s Journeys: A Muslim Woman from Colonial Bombay to Edwardian Britain (with Sunil Sharma) (2010).

Link: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/eu/people/academics/Lambert-Hurley-Siobhan.html

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Anshu Malhotra is Associate Professor in the Department of History, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Delhi. Her research focuses on issues of gender and caste in colonial and pre-colonial Punjab. The shaping of religious identities among the Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims in Punjab is of special interest to her. Her publications include Gender, Class and Religious Identities: Restructuring Class in Colonial Punjab (Oxford University Press 2002).

Link: http://www.du.ac.in/faculty_member_details.htm?id=1531

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Ellen McLarney is an Andrew W. Mellon assistant professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University, where she teaches Arabic language and cultural studies. Her PhD is in Middle Eastern Studies and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She was also a Humanities Fellow in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford and taught at Berkeley and Rutgers. Her current project Human Rights in Islam: Literary Hermeneutics in Contemporary Islamic Thought explores the emergence of human rights discourse in Islamic thought in the 20th century, with specific focus on freedom, equality, rights, and women’s emancipation as Islamic concepts. She specifically looks at how the intelligentsia developed a modernist hermeneutics of the Qur’an, one rooted in literary interpretations of classical Islamic texts and debates.

Link:  http://fds.duke.edu/db/aas/disc/ellen.mclarney

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Roberta Micallef is Master Lecturer in Turkic Languages and Literatures at Boston University. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Texas in Austin in 1997. She is deeply concerned with human rights and identity politics. She co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. Published in 2004, this volume was dedicated to Turkish-Muslim diaspora communities. Micallef also contributed an article about Turkish-Americans. More recently she contributed an essay entitled “Honor and Women Political Prisoners,” to a volume entitled Prisons and Policing in the Middle East. She has received numerous grants, most recently a highly competitive STARTALK grant to host a Turkish Teacher Training Program at Boston University.

Link: http://www.bu.edu/mlcl/people/faculty/micallef.html

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Farzaneh Milani is the author of Veils and Words: The Emerging Voice of Iranian Women Writers, and A Cup of Sin: Selected Poems of Simin Behbahani (with Kaveh Safa).  She  has published over 100 articles, epilogues, forewords, and afterwards in Persian and in English.   She has served as the guest editor for two special issues of Nimeye-Digar, Persian Language Feminist Journal; IranNameh, and Iranian Studies. She has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Ms. Magazine, the Readers Digest, USA Today, and N.P.R.’s All Things Considered.  She has presented more than 150 lectures nationally and internationally.  Former Director of Studies in Women and Gender, Milani is Professor of Persian Literature and Women Studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.  She was a Carnegie Scholar (2006-2007) and McAndless Distinguished Chiai at Eastern Michigan University for 2010.  Past president of the Association of Middle Eastern Women Studies in America, Milani was the recipient of All University Teaching Award in 1998 and nominated for Virginia Faculty of the Year in 1999.

Link: http://www.virginia.edu/womenstudies/people/milani.html

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Gail Minault is a Professor of History and Asian Studies at the University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA. Her research and teaching focus on the religious and social history of modern India and Pakistan, with particular focus on women, education, and religion in politics. Her publications include: Secluded Scholars: Women's Education and Muslim Social Reform in Colonial India (1998), and Gender, Language, and Learning: Essays in Indo-Muslim Cultural History (2009).

Link: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/asianstudies/faculty/minaultg

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Mildred (Mimi) Mortimer is Professor of French and Francophone African Literature at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her current research focuses on history and memory in Francophone African literature as well as Algerian women's writing concerning the independence struggle and bonds across the Sahara. Her publications include: Writing from the Hearth (2007); Maghrebian Mosaic: A Literature in Transition (2001); Journeys Through the French African Novel (1990).

Link: http://www.colorado.edu/FRIT/people/mortimer

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Sylvia Dutra Vatuk is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.  She is a social anthropologist who for many years has been carrying out field research in India, among both Hindus and Muslims, on various aspects of family and kinship organization, marriage and gift exchange, gender roles, aging and intergenerational relations, family history and family law.  She is the author of Kinship and Urbanization: White Collar Migrants in North India (1972) and between 1966 and 2009 has published more than fifty scholarly articles in academic journals and edited volumes.  Most recently she has been writing on issues of Muslim personal law in India and its implications for women.

Link: http://www.uic.edu/depts/anth/faculty/vatuk.html

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Amina Yaqin is Lecturer in Urdu and Postcolonial Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London). Her research is interdisciplinary and focuses on gender, postcolonial subjectivities, women’s writing, Urdu literature and South Asian literary studies. She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. She is currently revising a jointly authored monograph (with Peter Morey) entitled, Framing Muslims: stereotyping and representation from 9/11 to 07/07. She is also co-director ofa multipart, interdisciplinary research project on Framing Muslims: Structures of Representation Post-9/11, which includes a seminar series in London, a special issue of the journal Interventions, and an interactive website.

Link: http://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff32041.php

Last Updated on Saturday, 17 July 2010 12:08