AFSHAN FAROOQI is Assistant Professor of
Urdu at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. "The Secret
of Letters: Chronograms in Urdu Literary Culture," which appeared
in Edebiyat: The Journal of Middle Eastern Literatures, is
her most recent publication. She is currently translating a voluminous
selection of women's writings in Urdu, spanning the last several centuries,
for Oxford University Press.