Comparative literature; modern Arabic literature; postcolonial studies; Arab and Arab American feminism; Arab American literature; the Quran; postcolonial women's writing in comparative perspective; literatures of the Iberian peninsula from 711 to 1615 C.E.; classical Arabic literature.
Ph.D. Comparative Literature, Rutgers University
- Hagar Poems (University of Arkansas Press, 2016)
- The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf (Perseus, 2006)
- E-mails from Scheherazad (U Florida, 2003)
- Western Representations of the Muslim Woman: from Termagant to Odalisque (U Texas 1999)
- Articles and Book Chapters:
- "Human Rights is the Handhold, Pass It On," in Carolina DeRobertis, ed., Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times. (Vintage, 2017).
- "Writing on Muslim Gender Issues in the West Today: Slipping Past the Pity Committee," in Rabab AbdulHadi, et al, ed., Arab and American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, and Belonging (U Syracuse Press, 2011).
- "From Her Royal Body the Robe Was Removed: The Trauma of Forced Unveiling in the Middle East" in Jennifer Heath, ed., The Veil (UC Berkeley, 2008).
- "The Silences of Contemporary Syrian Literature" World Literature Today, Spring 2001.
- "Braiding the Stories: Women's Eloquence in the Early Islamic Era" in Gisela Webb, ed. Windows of Faith: Muslim Women's Scholarship and Activism (Syracuse UP, 2000).,
- "Packaging Huda: Sha'rawi's Memoirs in the US Reading Environment" in Amal Amireh & Lisa Suhair Majaj, ed., Going Global: The Transitional Reception of Third World Women Writers (Garland, 2000)
- "Politics and Erotics in Nizar Kabbani's Poetry: From the Sultan's Wife to the Lady Friend" World Literature Today, Winter 2000.
Pushcart Prize 2011 for creative nonfiction.
Arkansas Artist Award 2002 for poetry.