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Irene Bierman is Image of Irene Bierman Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Art History, at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has been Director of the American Research Center in Egypt (2002), Director of the Gustav E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies at UCLA (1996-2002), and Chair of the Islamic Studies Program at UCLA. She received her MA in Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University and her PhD at the University of Chicago. She taught at Portland State University and the University of Washington before joining the faculty at UCLA. The author of numerous articles, her recent book, Writing Signs, The Fatimid Public Text was published by University of California Press (1998), and her forthcoming book, Art and Islam is being published by Oxford University Press (2005).


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