Prof. Miriam Cooke is Braxton Craven Distinguished Professor of Arab Cultures at Duke University. She has been a visiting professor in Tunisia, Romania, Indonesia, Qatar and Istanbul. She serves on several national and international advisory boards, including academic journals and institutions. She is editor of the Journal for Middle East Women's Studies.
Her writings have focused on the intersection of gender and war in modern Arabic literature and on Arab women writers' constructions of Islamic feminism. Prof. Cooke has written about Arab cultural studies with a concentration on Syria, the Arab Gulf and the networked connections among Arabs and Muslims around the world.
She is the author of several monographs that include Women and the War Story (1997); Women Claim Islam (2001); Dissident Syria: Making Oppositional Arts Official (2007), Nazira Zeineddine: A Pioneer of Islamic Feminism (2010) and Tribal Modern: Branding New Nations in the Arab Gulf (2014). Prof. Cooke has also published a novel, Hayati, My Life (2000). Several books and articles have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Dutch and German.
Prof. Niyazi Kızılyϋrek was born in Potamia, a mixed village in the Nicosia area. His family became refugees during the bi-communal conflict in 1963-64, and moved to the Turkish Cypriot ghetto Louroujina where he lived until 1974. He graduated from the University of Bremen in Germany in 1983, where he also obtained his PhD in 1990. He works in the Department of Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies of the University of Cyprus since 1995, and he is the Dean of the School of Humanities since 2013.
He received the Abdi Ipekci Award in 1997 for his contribution to the rapprochement efforts between the two communities in Cyprus, as well as between Greece and Turkey. In 2006, he was awarded the Distinction, Order of Academic Palms, by the French government, for his contribution to science and his efforts for peace in Cyprus.
A keen social researcher, Prof. Kızılyϋrek's work is well respected on both sides of his divided homeland and in international academic community.
He is the author of many books as well as numerous academic articles in various scientific journals. His main research interests are, History of Modern Turkey, the Cyprus Problem and Nationalism, and Ethnic Conflicts and Reconciliation. He speaks Turkish, Greek, English, French and German.
Some of his books are: "Cyprus: Impasse of Nationalism" in Greek, "Kemalism: Genesis and Development of the official ideology of Modern Turkey" in Greek, "Glafkos Clerides: A journey of a country" in Greek, Turkish and English, "George Vassiliou: Reflections on yesterday and tomorrow" in Greek, Turkish and English, "The Secret History of Ethnic Violence in 1958" in Turkish and Greek, 2015, "Federalism in the World, Federal Cyprus", in Greek, 2015, and many more.