Guide to the miriam cooke Papers, 1981-2013 (bulk 1985-1992)
miriam cooke is a professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. The miriam cooke Papers include materials documenting a faculty exchange program between Duke and Cadi Ayaad University in Morocco, as well as other projects related to Islam and the Middle East, such as the Duke Islamic Center (DISC) and a draft of the book Mediterranean Passages: Readings from Dido to Derrida (2008). The papers also include materials about Duke faculty operations, particularly within the Department of Asian and African Languages and Literature (AALL).
- Record Group
- miriam cooke Papers
- Cooke, Miriam.
- 1.5 Linear Feet
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials are in English, French, and Arabic.
This collection documents the professional and administrative activities of miriam cooke, professor in the department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University (formerly AALL, Asian and African Languages and Literature). Professional activities documented include the development of a faculty exchange program between Duke and Cadi Ayaad University in Marrakesh, Morocco, beginning with a festival of Moroccan culture held at Duke in 1985. Several files contain correspondence with the United States Information Agency (USIA), which provided grant funding for the program, and journals from faculty members in the United States and Morocco detailing their exchange experiences. Other files in this series contain information relating the Center for Study of Muslim Networks, which formally developed into the Duke Islamic Center (DISC) in 2006; and a project on War and Gender conducted in the early 1990s with Duke University History professor Alex Roland. Administrative activities documented focus on cooke's role as a Duke professor. Files include records about faculty and courses in the AALL Department; and correspondence with three deans of Arts and Sciences at Duke: Richard White, Hans Hillerbrand, and Malcolm Gillis. Some materials relate to cooke's time on committees monitoring the interests of women faculty and non-regular faculty at Duke. Publications files include correspondence with members of the Mediterranean Study Committee, information about the Oceans Connect project between Duke and Middle Eastern faculty, and draft chapters for the book Mediterranean Passages: Readings from Dido to Derrida. Materials are largely textual, comprising correspondence, minutes and agendas, faculty travel journals, clippings, publications, and related printed matter. A VHS tape and a few photographs are also contained within the collection.
This collection is divided into three series: Professional Materials, Administrative Materials, and Publications.
Access to the Collection
For a period of twenty-five years from the origin of the material, permission in writing from the office of origin and the University Archivist is required for use of administrative records. After twenty-five years, records that have been processed may be consulted with the permission of the University Archivist.
Records, such as search committee files or others pertaining to employment where individuals are identified, are closed for 70 years.
Use of audiotapes and videotapes from this collection requires the creation of reference copies. Reference copies for some materials may have been made, and if a reference copy exists, it is noted in this finding aid. To arrange for the creation of reference copies of other items, please contact University Archives staff. Although these recordings are now stored in a stable environment, their condition and playback quality is unknown.
Use & Permissions
Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
How to Cite
[Identification of item], miriam cooke Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
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miriam cooke was born in Colorado on August 30, 1948. (cooke uses lowercase letters in her name.) She received her M.A. from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1971; and her D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, U.K., in 1980. From 1981-1987, she was assistant professor at the Duke Center for International Studies. In 1987, she joined the faculty of Duke's Department of Asian and African Languages and Literature (AALL), later known as the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. She was chair of AALL from 1996-1999 and from 2001-2004, teaching classes in Arabic language, literature, and culture. Beginning in 1985, she was instrumental in establishing an exchange program between faculty at Duke and at Cadi Ayaad University in Marrakesh, Morocco. Her many books include War's Other Voices: Women Writers on the Lebanese Civil War (1988), Women and the War Story (1997), Women Claim Islam: Creating Islamic Feminism Through Literature (2001), and Mediterranean Passages: Readings from Dido to Derrida (co-edited with Erdag GÃ¶knar and Grant Parker, 2008). cooke was a Mellon Fellow at the Gender and War Institute at Dartmouth College (1990) and was awarded two Fulbright Scholarships, which allowed her to conduct research in Lebanon and Yemen (1982) and in Syria (1995-1996). In 1983, cooke married Bruce Lawrence, fellow Duke professor and founding director of the Duke Islamic Center. As of July 2016, she is Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures at Duke University and is on the executive committee of Duke's Middle East Studies Center.
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- Cooke, Miriam.
- Duke University -- Faculty
- Duke University. Trinity College of Arts and Sciences. Office of the Dean
- Duke University. Duke Islamic Studies Center.
- Duke University. Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
The miriam cooke Papers were received by the Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, as a gift in 2016.
Processed by Erin Ryan, July 2016.
Accessions described in this collection guide: UA2016.0016