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Lila Abu-Lughod is the Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor at Columbia University, where she teaches anthropology and gender studies. Her recent books include Do Muslim Women Need Saving? (Harvard University Press, 2013); a thirtieth-anniversary edition of Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society (University of California Press, 2016); and Nakba: Palestine, 1948, and the Claims of Memory (Columbia University Press, 2007), coedited with Ahmad H. Sa’di and being published in 2018 in Spanish and Persian translations.

Bahar Aykan is a faculty member of the Department of Sociology at Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey. She is primarily engaged in two areas of research: neoliberal governmentalities and techniques, technologies, and practices that arise from them, and the relationships among politics, social inequalities, and cultural heritage governance.

Alexander Beecroft is Jessie Chapman Alcorn Memorial Professor of Foreign Languages, as well as a professor of classics and comparative literature, at the University of South Carolina. He is the author of Authorship and Cultural Identity in Early Greece and China (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and of An Ecology of World Literature: From Antiquity to the Present Day (Verso Books, 2015). He is currently writing a manuscript titled “A Global History of Literature.”

Youssef Belal is currently a UN diplomat and has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Columbia University in New York, and Mohammed V University in Rabat. He is the author of Le cheikh et le calife: sociologie religieuse de l’Islam politique (The Sheikh and the Caliph: Political Islam from the Perspective of Sociology of Religion) (Ecole Normale Superieure, 2011) and has published articles in the Archives des sciences sociales des religions and Pouvoirs. A former columnist for the Arabic newspaper Al-Massae, he has authored several reports on international development. He is currently writing a book on sharia, exploring its epistemic, spiritual, ethical, and political dimensions.

David Boyk is an assistant professor of instruction in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Northwestern University. His work focuses on the history of cities, languages, and the public sphere in South Asia. He is currently working on a book titled “Urbane Provincials: Intellectuals and the Hinterland in Colonial India.”

Rebecca Gould is the author of Writers and Rebels: The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus (Yale University Press, 2016), which was awarded the University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies and the prize for Best Book, as well as a book award from the Association for Women in Slavic Studies and an honorable mention from the Association for the Study of Nationalities. She is a professor of Islamic world and comparative literature at the University of Birmingham, UK, and, from 2018–23, principal investigator for the European Research Council–funded project “Global Literary Theory: Caucasus Literatures Compared.”

Sarah M. A. Gualtieri is an associate professor in the Departments of American Studies and Ethnicity, History and Middle East Studies. Her publications include a number of articles as well as her book, Between Arab and White: Race and Ethnicity in the Early Syrian American Diaspora (University of California Press, 2009). She is now completing a book project under contract with Stanford University Press on the Syrians in Southern California. Her research and writing were supported by a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Sanem Güvenç-Salgırlı is currently a faculty member in the Faculty of Culture and Community at Emily Carr University of Arts and Design in Vancouver, BC, and a research associate of the Fernand Braudel Center at SUNY Binghamton University. Her research sits at the intersection of social and political theory (with a particular emphasis on assemblages of multiple governmentalities), visual STS, and histories of disease. She is working on deciphering the visual vernaculars of medical governance during interwar Turkey. [End Page 181]

Gil Hochberg is Ransford Professor of Hebrew and Visual Studies, Comparative Literature, and Middle East Studies at Columbia University. Her first book, In Spite of Partition: Jews, Arabs, and the Limits of Separatist Imagination (Princeton University Press, 2007), examines the complex relationship between the signifiers “Arab” and “Jew” in contemporary Jewish and Arab literatures. Her most recent book, Visual Occupations: Vision and Visibility in a Conflict...


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