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Amira Nowaira obtained her Ph. D. in English from Birmingham University, UK. She is former Chairperson of the Department of English, Faculty of Arts, Alexandria University, Egypt, and is currently Professor of English Literature in the same Department. She has published extensively in various fields including English, Arabic and comparative literature, Arab women’s writing and translation. She translated into Arabic Susan Bassnett’s book Comparative Literature: A Critical Introduction and into English (with Azza El Kholy) Iqbal Qazwini’s novel Zubaida’s Window (Feminist Press, 2008). She is also co-editor of The Feminist Press's Women Writing Africa: The Northern Region (Feminist Press 2009). She translated into English Taha Hussein’s The Future of Culture in Egypt (to be published by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina) and into Arabic (with Nabil Nowaira) Randa Abdel Fattah’s novel Where the Streets Had a Name (Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, 2010).