Julia Bray is Laudian Professor of Arabic and a Fellow of St John’s College. She studied at St Hilda’s and St Cross Colleges, Oxford, and has taught at the universities of Manchester, Edinburgh, St Andrews and Paris 8—Vincennes Saint-Denis. She works on medieval Arabic, especially the roles of literature in society; life-writing; narrative; occasional poetry; and family and gender. She edited Writing and Representation in Medieval Islam (2006) and has contributed to Brubaker and Smith (eds.), Gender in the Early Medieval World (2004), Papaconstantinou (ed.), Writing ‘True Stories’: Historians and Hagiographers in the Late Antique and Medieval Near East (2010), and Brubaker and Tougher, Approaches to the Byzantine Family (2013). She is a member of the editorial board of the Library of Arabic Literature www.libraryofarabicliterature.org and series co-editor of Edinburgh Studies in Classical Arabic Literature www.euppublishing.com/series/escal.