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Miral Al-Tahawy

Image of Miral Al-Tahawy Critically acclaimed Egyptian author Miral al-Tahawy was born in Sharqiya in the Egyptian Delta into a Bedouin family of the al-Hanadi tribe. The youngest of seven children, she is now an assistant professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, and director of the Arabic program at Appalachian State University in North Carolina.  Her previous works The Tent(AUC Press, 1998), Blue Aubergine (AUC Press, 2002), and Gazelle Tracks (Garnet Publishing/AUC Press, 2009) have collectively been published in almost ten languages, including German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Danish and Norwegian. Upon publication of her first novel, she was celebrated by the Washington Post 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.”