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Masseret Amir-Ebrahimi is a sociologist and geographer and an associate researcher in “Le Monde Iranien et Indien” at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. In 2006–7 she was a Keddie-Balzan Fellow in the Departments of Sociology and Geography at UCLA. Her work focuses on Tehran, women, youth, public space, and the public sphere (physical and virtual). She is currently conducting research on gender and public spaces in Iran.

Faridullah Bezhan is a research fellow at Monash Asia Institute, Monash University. He has written several books and articles in English and Persian on the literature, politics, and history of Afghanistan and Central Asia. His most recent book is Gift of Badaskhshan: Literature and History (Mawqofat Afshar, 2007), which he edited and annotated.

James De Lorenzi is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently finishing his dissertation, titled “Printed Worlds, Imperial Journeys, and Global Scholars: Historiography and Cosmopolitanism in the Red Sea World, 1867–1936.”

Rola el-Husseini is assistant professor of Middle East politics at the George H. W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. She can be reached

Kyle T. Evered is an assistant professor of geography at Michigan State University. Broadly, his research deals with both identity-place relationships (nationalism and territoriality, for example, and transnationalism and regionalization) and environmental issues. He is currently examining the political ecologies of poppy production in Turkey, past and present.

Homa Katouzian is a social scientist, historian, literary critic, and poet. He is the Iran Heritage Research Fellow, St. Antony's College; a member of the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford; an honorary fellow in the Department of Politics, University of Exeter; and editor of Iranian Studies. His recent publications include Iran in the Twenty-First Century: Politics, Economics, and Conflict (Routledge, 2007); Sadeq Hedayat: His Work and His Wondrous World (Rout-ledge, 2007); Iranian History and Politics: The Dialectic of State and Society (Routledge, 2007); and Sa'di: The Poet of Life, Love, and Compassion (One-world, 2006).

Rini Ehattacharya Mehta was born in Calcutta, India, and studied comparative literature at Jadavpur University before coming to the United States. She has an MA in comparative literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a visiting assistant professor in comparative and world literature in UIUC and is currently working on turning her dissertation (on nineteenth-century Indian cultural nationalism) into a book and on developing a book-length project on Bollywood and globalization.

Norma Claire Moruzzi is an associate professor of political science and gender and women's studies and the director of the international studies program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests focus on the intersections of gender, religion, and national identity, particularly for Jewish and Muslim women. Her book Speaking through the Mask: Hannah Arendt and the Politics of Social Identity (Cornell University Press, 2000) won the 2002 Gradiva Award. Her current book project, “Tied Up in Tehran: Women, Social Change, and the Politics of Daily Life,” analyzes transformations in Iranian women's lives since the 1979 revolution.

Mehdi Noorbaksh is an associate professor of international affairs at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. Among other degrees he holds a PhD in international politics, a Master of Business Administration (MBA), and a Master of Health Administration (MHA). He specializes in international politics, global energy and health, Islam, Middle East politics, and democratic movements and processes in the Middle East. He has published extensively on Middle East politics, through the Foreign Policy Association, Middle East Policy Journal, International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, [End Page 380] and other forums. Currently he is working on two books, one on the interaction of Islam, nationalism, and democratic change in Iran and the other on nation building in American foreign policy in the Middle East.

Mir Hekmatullah Sadat wrote his dissertation with a focus on Afghanistan, the Afghan diaspora, and modern Afghan fiction and the issues facing people settled far from their homeland especially in postconflict times. His interests concern the...


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