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tor of the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and associate pro-
fessor in the Program in Comparative and World Literature, at the University of
Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The author of May Her Likes Be Multiplied: Biogra-
phy and Gender Politics in Egypt (2001) and Bayram al-Tunisi’s Egypt: Social Criti-
cism and Narrative Strategies (1990), she has also translated many works of fiction
from Arabic. She has published essays on memoirs, vernacular poetry, censorship
and literature, gender and modern Arabic fiction, biography and constructions of
masculinity in early Arabic gender discourse, and the theory and practice of liter-
ary translation. She has also taught at Brown University and the American Uni-
versity in Cairo.
JUlIa ClanCy-smIth
is professor of Middle Eastern history at the University
of Arizona. Her work has focused on colonialism and gender in North Africa. She
is author of Rebel and Saint: Muslim Notables, Populist Protest, Colonial Encounters
(Algeria and Tunisia, 1800–1904) (1994), Mediterraneans: North Africa and Europe in
an Age of Migration, 1800–1900 (2010), and Exemplary Women and Sacred Journeys:
Women and Gender in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (2006). She has edited or co-
edited volumes on North Africa, women, and colonial histories, most recently with
Zeynep Çelik and Frances Terpak, Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City through
Text and Image (Los Angeles and Seattle: Getty Research Institute and the Univer-
sity of Washington Press, 2009). Her current book project focuses on girls’ educa-
tion in colonial North Africa.
Joan
delplato, professor of art history at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, is
the author of Multiple Wives, Multiple Pleasures: Representing the Harem, 1800–1875
(2002), which was awarded a Millard Meiss publication grant from the College Art
Association. With co-editor Julie Codell, she is preparing “Oriental Erotics: The
Middle-Eastern Body, Visual Culture, and Modernity.”
nadIa marIa el CheIKh
is professor of history at the American University
of Beirut, where she has also been the director of the Center for Arab and Middle
Eastern Studies. She is the author of Byzantium Viewed by the Arabs (2004). Her
latest project explores the workings of the Abbasid court through an examination
of the interaction of harem and court in the early fourth/tenth century. Among
her most recent contributions in this area are “Servants at the Gate: Eunuchs at
the Court of al-Muqtadir,” Journal of the Social and Economic History of the Orient
48, no. 2 (2005): 234–52; and “The Court of al-Muqtadir: Its Space and Its Occu-
pants,” Proceedings of the Seventh Conference of the School of ‘Abbasid Studies, Orien-
talia Lovaniensia Analecta, no. 177 (forthcoming).
Jateen lad
is an architect, writer, and photographer based in London and
Pondicherry, India. He studied at the University of Cambridge, Harvard Univer-
sity, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his research explored
the harem and haram as forbidden and guarded sanctuaries in both ritual and
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