Palestinian-American historian and author who wrote historical books and newspaper and magazine articles. Her publications include The Creation of Qatar, The Making of the Modern Gulf States, and Technology Transfer and Change in the Arab World.
She studied in the United States, earning a degree in musicology from Pennsylvania's Bryn Mawr College. She went on to receive her Ph.D. in history in London.
She taught in Cairo and at the American University of Beirut.
She grew up with three sisters and a brother and was the Egyptian-born daughter of a Palestinian-American businessman father and a Christian-Lebanese-Palestinian mother.
She was the sister of Edward Said, a political activist and public intellectual.