miriam cooke

Braxton Craven Professor Emerita of Arab Cultures

External address: 
2204 Erwin Road Room 203, Box 90414, Durham, NC 27708-0414
Internal office address: 
Box 90414, Durham, NC 27708-0414
Phone: 
(919) 684-2312
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Overview

miriam cooke is Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures at Duke University. 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. She has directed several study abroad courses in Morocco, Tunisia, Cairo and Istanbul.

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 more 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 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].

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); Muslim Networks from Hajj to Hip Hop (2005 with Bruce Lawrence); Mediterranean Passages: from Dido to Derrida (2008 with Erdag Goknar and Grant Parker).

She has also published a novel, Hayati, My Life (2000). Three of her books (Women Claim Islam; Women and the War Story and The Anatomy of an Egyptian Intellectual:  Yahya Haqqi) were named Choice Outstanding Academic Books. Several books have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French and German.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Oxford (UK) 1980

  • M.A., University of Edinburgh (Scotland) 1971

Blood Into Ink: 20th Century South Asian and Middle Eastern Women Write War. Ed. M cooke and R Rustomji-Kerns. Westview Press, 1994.

Blood Into Ink: 20th Century South Asian and Middle Eastern Women Write War. Ed. M Cooke and R Rustomji-Kerns. Westview Press, 1994.

Opening the Gates: A Century of Arab Feminist Writing. Ed. M Cooke and M Badran. London: Virago/ Indiana University Press, 1990.

cooke, M. War's Other Voices: Women Writers on the Lebanese Civil War. London & New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988.

Haqqi Y, . Good Morning!: And Other Stories. Trans. M cooke. Passeggiata Press, 1987.

Haqqi Y, . The Anatomy of an Egyptian Intellectual: Yahya Haqqi. Trans. M cooke. Washington, D.C.: Three Continents Press, 1984.

Haqqi, Y. The Anatomy of an Egyptian Intellectual: Yahya Haqqi. Trans. M Cooke. Washington, D.C.: Three Continents Press, 1984.

Pages

cooke, M. "Performing Ibn Khaldun in Syria: The Role of the Intellectual in Troubled Times." Figures d’Ibn Khaldun: Reception, Appropriation et Usages Algiers. Ed. H Touati. CRNPAH, 2011.

cooke, M. "Yahya Haqqi: Arabic Wordsmith." Essays in Arabic Literary Biography 1850-1950. Ed. R Allen. Harrassowitz Verlag, 2010. 113-125. (Chapter)

cooke, M. "Foreword." Rim of the Lock. Ed. H Naamani. Beirut, 2009. (Introduction)

cooke, M. "Yahya Haqqi: A Biography." Wujuh Yahya Haqqi. Ed. W Husayn. Egyptian Cultural Council Press, 2008. 389-419.

cooke, M. "Dying to be Free: Wilderness Writing from Lebanon, Arabia and Libya." On Evelyne Accad: Essays in Literature, Feminism and Cultural Studies. Ed. C Toman. Summa Press, 2007. 13-32.

Felbeck, H, and Bartlett, DH. "Foreword." December 1, 2006. 337-.

cooke, M. "Women’s jihad before and after 9/11." Terror, Culture, Politics: Rethinking 9/11. Ed. D Sherman and T Nardin. Indiana University Press, 2006. 165-183.

cooke, M. "Al-adibat al-arabiyat fi al-qarn al-ishrin: manzur amriki." Al-mar’a al-`arabiya wa al-mutaghayyurat al-`alamiya. Cairo, 2003. 105-112.

cooke, M. "A la Recherche de la Langue Maternelle." L’identite. Choix ou combat. Ed. J Chaker and M cooke. Tunis, 2002. 141-152.

Pages

Elsadda, H, Moghissi, H, Cooke, M, and Valassopoulos, A. "Dialogue section: Arab feminist research and activism: Bridging the gap between the theoretical and the practical." Ed. A Valassopoulos. Feminist Theory 11.2 (August 2010): 121-127. Full Text

Cooke, M. "The Politics of the Veil." FEMINIST THEORY 11.2 (August 2010): 220-221.

Cooke, M. "Magical Realism in Libya." Journal of Arabic Literature 41.1 (April 1, 2010): 9-21. Full Text

Cooke, M. "Egypt as a Woman: Nationalism, Gender and Politics." JOURNAL OF ISLAMIC STUDIES 20.1 (January 2009): 141-143. Full Text

Cooke, M. "Deploying the Muslimwoman." Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 24.1 (April 2008): 91-99. Full Text

Cooke, M. "Rejoinder to “Muslimwoman” Responses." Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 24.1 (April 2008): 116-119. Full Text

Cooke, M. "'Soft weapons': Autobiography in transit." TULSA STUDIES IN WOMENS LITERATURE 27.1 (2008): 190-192.

cooke, M. "Deploying the Muslimwoman." Journal for Feminist Studies of Religion (2008).

Pages

cooke, M. "Euro-American Women’s Studies in Islamic Cultures." Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures (2003): 428-438.

cooke, M. "Near Middle East and North African Culture." International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences (2001): 10426-10431.

cooke, M. "Censorship in Syria." Censorship: A World Encyclopedia (2001): 2363-2367.

cooke, M. "Femmes Arabes. Guerres Arabes." Peuples Mediterraneens, Mediterranean Peoples 64 & 65 (1993): 25-48.

cooke, M. "The Heart's Directions." World and I (March 1991).

cooke, M. "Deconstructing War Discourse: Women's Participation in the Algerian Revolution." for Women in International Development Working Paper #187 (June 1989). (Scholarly Commentary)

Cooke, M. "Women Write War: The Centering of the Beirut Decentrists." Papers on Lebanon 6 (1987). (Scholarly Commentary)

cooke, M. "Recording World Wars." IJMES 46.4. (Review)

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