Three generations of women with remarkably different experiences in the Arab World join the program. Harvard Divinity School professor Leila Ahmed grew up in Cairo in the 1940s and 50s, and now writes about the Islamic resurgence. Her latest book A Quiet Revolution explores the return of traditional headscarves in both the Middle East and America.
Author Stephanie Saldaña's memoir The Bread of Angels details the year she spent in Damascus studying Jesus in the Muslim World, and her own struggle with Catholicism in a monestary in the Syrian desert.
And Texas Tech University Ph.D candidate in oil and gas engineering Sama Salem participated in Egypt's Tahrir Square protests. She's a faculty member at Cairo University, who was responsible for feeding and educating protesters in early 2011.