Marilyn Booth is visiting associate professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in the Program in Comparative and World Literature. Author most recently of May Her Likes Be Multiplied: Biography and Gender Politics in Egypt, she has also translated fiction and autobiography from Egypt and Lebanon by Hoda Barakat, Somaya Ramadan, Ibtihal Salem, Nawal al-Sa'dawi, Sahar Tawfiq, and Latifa al-Zayyat. She received her B.A. from Harvard-Radcliffe and her D.Phil. from Oxford University, and has also taught at Brown University and the American University in Cairo. The excerpt from "Picture, Icon, Old Testament" is drawn from one of her current translation projects; she is also writing a study of an early Arab feminist, Zaynab Fawwaz.