Miriam COOKE, Ph.D, Prof.

Institute for Sufi Studies


(0216) 400 2222

Short CV

miriam cooke is a Distinguished Professor Emerita of Arab Cultures in Braxton Craven. She has been a visiting professor in Tunisia, Romania, Indonesia, Qatar and Alliance of Civilizations Institute in Istanbul. She serves on several international advisory boards, including academic journals and institutions. Since coming to Duke University she has taught Arabic language and a wide variety of courses on Arabic literature, war and gender, the Palestine-Israel conflict, postcolonial theory. In her studies, professor cooke specifically focused on Arab women writers’ works on war and gender and has explored the ways in which Muslim feminists have expressed themselves. She is known worldwide for her influential works on the existing networks and methods of communication and the invisible connections between Arabs and Muslims. She is the author of several monographs that include The Anatomy of an Egyptian Intellectual: Yahya Haqqi (1984); War’s Other Voices: Women Writers on the Lebanese Civil War (1988); 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). Her examination of cultural production in the Arabian Gulf, Tribal Modern: Branding New Nations in the Arab Gulf, came out in 2014 from California University Press. Her latest book dealing with the Art of Syrian Revolution 2011–2016 is entitled Dancing in Damascus: Creativity, Resilience, and the Syrian Revolution [Routledge 2016]. Several of her books have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French and German.

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