Marilyn Booth

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Classes-of-Ladies-of-Cloistered-SpacesMarilyn Booth is the Khalid bin Abdallah Al Saud Professor of the Study of the Contemporary Arab World at Oxford University. She was Senior Humanities Research Fellow, New York University Abu Dhabi (2014-15) and, before that, Iraq Professor in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

She recently published her third monograph, Classes of Ladies of Cloistered Spaces: Writing Feminist History in fin-de-siecle Egypt (Edinburgh, 2015). and has edited Harem Histories: Envisioning Places and Living Spaces (2010), as well as a special issue of Journal of Women’s History on ‘Women’s autobiography in the Middle East and South Asia’ (2013).

Her academic writing has also focused on vernacular Arabic writing, early Arabic journalism, and the practice and politics of literary translation. She has translated over a dozen novels, short story collections and memoirs from the Arabic.

Her most recent literary translations are Lebanese novels, As Though She Were Sleeping by Elias Khoury (Archipelago, 2012) and The Penguin’s Song by Hassan Daoud (City Lights Books, 2015).

She is currently working on novels by Hoda Barakat (Lebanon) and Jokha al-Harthi (Oman).