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Marilyn Booth

Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Saud Professor for the Study of the Contemporary Arab World

Marilyn Booth is the Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Saud Professor for the Study of the Contemporary Arab World in the faculty of Oriental Studies. She is a fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. She is currently working on nineteenth-century feminism and women’s writing in Egypt and Ottoman Syria, which also involves studying the emergence of the Arabic novel. She has an enduring interest in vernacular writing and popular literature. Marilyn characterises her approach to history as ‘as a series of conversations, in the back pages of newspapers, through romance novels, and with satirical poetry, and to ask how nineteenth-century Egyptians (for instance) read’. She acts as a mentor to emerging translators. Her most recent monograph is Classes of Ladies of Cloistered Spaces: Writing Feminist History through Biography in Fin-de-Siècle Egypt (Edinburgh University Press, 2015).

She is a member of the steering committee for the TORCH Women in Humanities programme.