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miriam cooke, Braxton Craven Professor Emerita of Arab Cultures and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies

miriam cooke
Office Location:  2204 Erwin Road Room 203, Box 90414, Durham, NC 27708-0414
Office Phone:  (919) 684-2312
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  • Ph.D. University of Oxford (UK) 1980
  • D.Phil. Oxford University 1980
  • M.A. University of Edinburgh (Scotland) 1971


Literature & Culture
Gender & Islam
Middle East & North Africa
Research Interests: 20th Century, Criticism, Feminist Theory, Comp Lit, and Arabic

She has travelled and researched in Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco and Syria. Her first book dealt with the writings of one of Egypt's leading intellectuals of the 20th century, Yahya Haqqi. Subsequently, her interests turned to the writings of women, especially those that deal with issues of war and gender in the postcolonial Arab world. Her recently published book, Women Claim Islam, analyzes the discourse of Islamic feminists.

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)
  1. cooke, M. Dancing in Damascus Creativity, Resilience, and the Syrian Revolution.  Routledge, October, 2016: 154 pages.  [abs]
  2. Wald, P. "Foreword." Arab Women’s Lives Retold: Exploring Identity through Writing  (January, 2016): v-viii. [doi]
  3. cooke, M. "Nazira Zeineddine A Pioneer of Islamic Feminism." Feminist Moments: Reading Feminist Texts  (2016): 115-123.
  4. cooke, M. "Women and the Arab Spring: A transnational feminist movement." Women's Movements in the Post-Arab Spring North Africa  (2016): 31-44.

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