was born in Beirut in 1955. She studied Arabic and English Literature at the Lebanese National University in Beirut. After graduating in 1978, Sobh worked as a high school teacher while publishing articles in the arts and culture section of Nida’, a Beirut daily. In the early eighties, she published fiction, poetry and literary reviews in the leading Beirut daily An-Nahar. She was editor of the cultural section of the most widely-read Arabic women’s magazine at that time, Al-Hasnaa’, and in 1986 became its editor-in-chief. In the early 1990s she founded Snob Al-Hasnaa’, the best-selling women’s cultural magazine in the Arab world today, and remains its editor-in-chief. Sobh participates regularly in cultural conferences throughout the Arab world and appears as a guest speaker on television programmes addressing issues related to women, war and modernity in Lebanon and the Arab world. Her novel Maryam al-Hakaya (Maryam of the Stories, Dar al-Adab, 2002), of which an excerpt was published in Banipal (issue no. 17), was acclaimed as a novel of epic dimensions, and provoked numerous articles by literary critics and writers throughout the Arab world.