Contr I BU t ors 
asma afsarUddIn
is professor of Islamic studies in the De-
partment of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana
University, Bloomington, and previously taught at the University
of Notre Dame, Harvard University, and Johns Hopkins Univer-
sity. She is the author of The First Muslims: History and Memory
(2008) and Excellence and Precedence: Medieval Islamic Discourse
on Legitimate Leadership (2002); the editor of Hermeneutics and
Honor: Negotiating Female “Public” Space in Islamic/ate Societies
(1999); and a co-editor of Humanism, Culture, and Language in the
Near East: Studies in Honor of Georg Krotkoff (1997). Her research
has been funded by the Guggenheim Foundation and the Carne-
gie Corporation, which named her a Carnegie Scholar for 2005.
orIt BashKIn
is assistant professor of Middle Eastern studies
and history in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and
Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Her Ph.D. dissertation
looks at the construction of the Iraqi public sphere and the emer-
gence of democratic discourses in Iraq during the interwar period.
Her research interests include Arab intellectual history, Arabic
literature, modern Iraqi history, and the history of Arab Jews in
Iraq and Israel. She is the author of The Other Iraq: Pluralism and
Culture in Hashemite Iraq, 1921–1958 (2008).
marIlyn Booth
holds the Iraq Chair in Arabic and Islamic
studies at the University of Edinburgh. Previously she was direc-
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