miriam cooke

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
(919) 684-2312


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

Selected Grants

Duke-UNC Middle East Studies NRC awarded by University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2014

Cooke, M. Tribal Modern: Branding New Nations in the Arab Gulf. University of California Press, 2014.

cooke, M. Nazira Zeineddine. A Pioneer of Islamic Feminist Pioneer. Oxford: Oneworld Press, 2010.

Göknar, E, Cooke, M, and Parker, G. Mediterranean Passages from Delos to Derrida. UNC Press, 2008.

cooke, M. Dissident Syria: Making Oppositional Arts Officia. Duke University Press, 2007.

Cooke, M, and Lawrence, B. Muslim Networks from Hajj to Hip Hop. UNC Press, 2005.

Cooke, M. Hayati, My Life A Novel. Syracuse University Press, 2000.

Cooke, M. Women and the War Story. Univ of California Press, 1997.

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


Wald, P. "Foreword." January 1, 2016. v-viii. Full Text

cooke, M. "Nazira Zeineddine A Pioneer of Islamic Feminism." Feminist Moments: Reading Feminist Texts. Ed. S Bruce and K Smits. London: Bloomsbury, 2016. 115-123. (Chapter)

cooke, M. "Women and the Arab Spring: A transnational feminist movement." Women's Movements in the Post-Arab Spring North Africa. Ed. F Sadiqi. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 31-44. (Chapter)

Cooke, M. "Jewish Arabs in the Israeli Asylum: A literary reflection." Studying Modern Arabic Literature: Mustafa Badawi, Scholar and Critic. April 14, 2015. 139-158.

Wald, P. "Foreword." January 26, 2015. viii-xi. Full Text

cooke, M. "Ungendering Peace Talk." Women and Peace in the Islamic World: Gender, Agency and Influence. Ed. C Haines. I.B. Tauris, 2015. 25-42. (Chapter)

cooke, M. "Jewish Arabs in the Israeli Asylum: A Literary Reflection." Studying Modern Arabic Literature: Mustafa Badawi Scholar and Critic. Ed. R Allen and R Ostle. Edinburgh University Press, 2015. 239-258. (Chapter)

Fitzgerald, T. "Foreword." April 11, 2014. xi-xii. Full Text

cooke, M. "Feminism in Islam." Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions. 2013.


Cooke, M, and Hasso, F. "Association tounissiet." Journal of Middle East Women'S Studies 11.3 (January 1, 2015): 365-367. (Review) Full Text

cooke, M. "Tadmor’s Ghosts." Review of Middle East Studies 47.1 (2013).

cooke, M. "Emerging Voices in Comparative Literature from the Middle East." Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 9.2 (2013).

cooke, M. "Feminism in Islam." (2013). (Academic Article)

Cooke, M. "THEME ISSUE Emerging Voices in Comparative Literature from the Middle East INTRODUCTION." JOURNAL OF MIDDLE EAST WOMENS STUDIES 9.2 (2013): 1-3.

cooke, M. "Réseaux d’artistes et d’écrivains dans la nouvelle Méditerranée." Méditerranée/ Mondialisation (2013).

Cooke, M. "Tadmor's Ghosts: Postscript on Syrian Art." Review of Middle East Studies 47.2 (January 1, 2013): 166-168. (Review) Full Text

cooke, M. "• Feminism in Islam." (2012). (Academic Article)

cooke, M. "The Cell Story: Syrian Prison Stories after Hafiz Asad." Middle East Critique 20.2 (2011): 169-188.


Cooke, M. "Introduction." March 1, 2013. Full Text

cooke, M. "Queens of Syria." South Writ Large (May 2016). (Scholarly Commentary)

cooke, M. "Has Hospitality turned to Hostipitality for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon?." IslamiCommentary (June 2015). (Scholarly Commentary)

cooke, M. "It’s a Revolution: The Cultural Outpouring Fueled by Syrian War." PS 21: Project for the Study of the 21st Century (March 2015). (Scholarly Commentary)

cooke, M. "Near Middle East/North Africa Studies: Culture." Ed. JD Wright. International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences 16 (2015): 361-366.

cooke, M. "Redrawing Borders: is the Tribal Governance Model worth trying in Iraq." IslamiCommentar (June 2014). (Scholarly Commentary)

cooke, M. "The New Empire." Boundary 2 (May 17, 2013).

cooke, M. "Inside Dissident Syria." Al-Jazeera (October 15, 2012).

cooke, M. "Women and Islamism in Europe." Neo Magazine (July 2007).

cooke, M, and Lawrence, B. "In Search of Leo Africanus." Transitions Abroad (April 2005).