Contributors (Fall 2017)



SALLY HANY ABED received her BA from the English department in Alexandria University, Egypt, her MA in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona and her PhD in May 2017 in Comparative Literature from the University of Utah. She currently teaches at Alexandria University, Egypt. She has published “From Feet to Wings: The Importance of Being Bare-Footed in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon” and her article on “Cultural Collision and the Preservation of Identity in Ibn Fadlan’s Risala”  will appear in Fundamentals of Medieval and Early Modern Culture, Vol.21 forthcoming March 2018.

COELI FITZPATRICK is Professor of Philosophy in the Frederik Meijer Honors College at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Her publications include Muhammad in History, Thought and Culture as well as articles on Edward Said and Orientalism. Professor Fitzpatrick’s current research focuses on the transmission of Arab intellectual history in the medieval Christian world. She teaches courses in the Honors College, including the first-year sequence The Middle East Beyond the Headlines and a Junior Seminar on Islamophobia.

YVONNE SEALE is an assistant professor of history at the State University of New York-Geneseo, where her teaching focuses on women’s history, the history of the book, and digital humanities. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa. Her research centers on the involvement of women with the Premonstratensian religious order in twelfth- and thirteenth-century northern France, and she is currently at work on a critical edition of the cartulary of the order’s mother house.

SAHAR ISHTIAQUE ULLAH is a Core Lecturer at Columbia University, where she earned her Ph.D in Arabic and Comparative Literature. Ullah’s research lies at the intersection of literary culture, material culture and longue durée trans-regional intellectual and political histories. Her work has been published in Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary InquiryJournal of Arabic Literature, Arabic Literature (in English), and Baraza: Critical Collaboration on the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. She has also received numerous teaching awards. Committed to bridging her scholarship, the arts, and creative pedagogy, Ullah is the Creative Director and Writer for Hijabi Monologues. Ullah’s work has been reviewed by media outlets including the BBC, The Stage, Exeunt Magazine, The Asian Writer, British Council Voices, and The Guardian.  Ullah holds a BA from the University of Miami and an MA from the University of Chicago.