miriam cooke is Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures at Duke University and Director of the Duke University Middle East Studies Center. She has been a visiting professor in Tunisia, Romania, Indonesia, Turkey and Dartmouth College, and she was the first scholar-in-residence at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar. 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.