About Miral al-Tahawy
Miral al-Tahawy is an award-winning Egyptian novelist, short story writer, an academic, a Fullbright Scholar and currently, she is Associate Professor of Modern Arabic Literature and Middle East/Islamic Studies at the School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC) at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. She comes from a conservative Bedouin background and is regarded as a pioneering literary figure. The Washington post has described her as “the first novelist to present Egyptian Bedouin life beyond stereotypes and to illustrate the crises of Bedouin women and their urge to break free. She earned her PhD from Cairo University, having written a dissertation titled The Arabic Desert Novel: The Sacred and its Forms in Pastoral Imagination, which focused on social, political, and religious taboos in modern Arab novels.