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Mai Al-Nakib


Mai Al-Nakib was born in Kuwait in 1970. She holds a PhD in English literature from Brown University. She is an associate professor of English and comparative literature at Kuwait University. Her research addresses a wide range of issues linked to cultural politics in the Middle East—from Arab feminisms to the ethical question of Palestinians in Kuwait. Her collection of short stories, The Hidden Light of Objects (Bloomsbury US, January 2015), traces overlooked moments in the lives of those who reside in a region often overwhelmed by geopolitics. The Hidden Light of Objects won the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s First Book Award in 2014, the first short story collection to win in the history of the award. She is currently writing her first novel.