On a warm spring day, Tremone, Ellira and Ornso decided to set out on a camping trip. A little time away from the humdrum of their every day lives seemed like a good idea. When a storm chases them toward a cabin in the wilds, they find their lives changed forever. The three companions did not realize they were answering a call sent through the lands. They did not know their feet were following the will of the colors. As they arrive at Asila's cabin, a strange spell overcomes them. They are about to learn a history long forgotten and discover that their destinies were tied together since long before they were born.
Also by This Author. Arab Folktales by Inea Bushnaq, Out of alleys of Cairo and Bedouin tents, from the Moroccan laborers and Syrian peasants, this collection of tales comes from the Arab world from North Africa to the Holy Land. This is a wonderful collection of short stories. Powers, Politically relevant, this timely story offers many opportunities for classroom discussion. Growing up in a working-class neighborhood in Karachi, Pakistan, Nazia has always been a dutiful daughter.
After eviction from their home, Nazia and her mother take positions as live-in servants in a wealthy Karachi suburb, and Nazia begins a life of labor, leaving school behind. Qamar shows the surprising freedom and courage that can come with losing everything, and she creates in Nazia a courageous, fascinating character whose eye-opening life choices will inspire readers. Since their family is Muslim, Sohane tries to dress modestly, follow the rules, respect her faith, and obey their parents while Djelila questions authority.
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My Name is Aram by William Saroyan, originally published Aram Garoghlanian was a Californian, born in Fresno on the other side of the Southern Pacific tracks. But he was also part of a large, sprawling family of immigrant Armenians—a whole tribe of eccentric uncles, brawling cousins, and gentle women.
Through these unforgettable, often hilarious characters Aram comes to understand life, courage, and the power of dreams. Willow Wilson, In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients — dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups — from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. Kids of Kabul by Deborah Ellis, Appropriate for grade 6 and above.
The Fear of Beauty by Susan Froetschel, Multiple award recipient. This memoir describes growing up in the impossibly difficult conditions of Afghanistan in the s and 90s. Alone, she meets with an American who teaches children under a persimmon tree and both work to leave the country. Cleopatra Rules! This short novel tells the dramatic story of a young Muslim who, when his life is threatened, finds sanctuary in a community of Coptic monks.
It is a tale of honor and of the terrible demands of blood vengeance; it probes the question of how a people or nation can become divided against itself. A free copy can be found here. The Iranian Revolution by Brendan January, This book provides an opportunity for students to read interviews with Iraqi refugee children and see how the war has affected their lives. Iraq by Dale Lightfoot, One of the Modern World Issues series.
Colorful pictures and maps make it student-friendly. Ali, This quiet read builds to a satisfying conclusion. Young adult. This memoir is a touching and enlightening look at the not often depicted daily life in a politically tumultuous area. Tasting the Sky by Itbisam Barakat, This is a beautifully written book about her childhood as a Palestinian refugee.
Young people can relate to her vivid tale of youth, family relationships, and overcoming adversity. Code Name: Butterfly by Ahlam Bsharat, This well-written and thoughtful book examines the complex inner life of a Palestinian girl as she interacts with her family and friends within the context of military occupation and economic exploitation.
Samir and Yonatan by Daniella Carmi, A Palestinian and an Israeli boy meet in a hospital. But the gifted teenager left behind a rich legacy of diaries, letters, poems and drawings. Following her death, her parents gathered her writings and created The Bat-Chen Diaries; this is the first English translation of her work.
Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye, A girl, Liyana, moves with her family to Palestine, a place that Liyana has never seen. Her friendship with Omer, a Jewish boy, helps her adjustment to a strange land, but the friendship is forbidden in a land torn by conflict. When teen Tal Levine witnesses a bombing in Tel Aviv, she becomes despondent.
Like so many people, she wants Israel and Palestine to live in peace. One day she puts her hopes into a letter, places the letter into a bottle, and gives it to her brother, asking him to toss it into the Gaza Sea. A young man in Gaza finds the bottle, and responds. He is critical, angry, annoyed at first, but eventually they both participate in a friendship that ultimately opens their eyes. Damascus Nights by Rafik Schami, This list was compiled from a multitude of sources. PA denotes a personal account or story based on actual experiences.
Please note that there are overlaps across grade levels; estimated appropriate age and grade levels are listed for many texts; parents and teachers should use their best judgment and discretion when considering the use of a book. TME and MEPC do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of these materials, nor does this list represent an endorsement of these materials or organizations that created them. Shahira Abdel Shahid , Early , Becky Schulthies, Readers will gain a grassroots appreciation of Middle East life, culture, and society that recognizes the impact of wars and uprisings as well as changes to Islamic practice due to advances in technology.
Curtis, IV, This illustrated two-volume encyclopedia includes some articles covering historical and contemporary issues, events, people, court cases, themes, and activism relating to Muslim-American history. The reference also includes 50 original documents, a master chronology and an extensive bibliography.
Egger, Who Speaks for Islam? Gershman, This book contains photos of each individual interviewed and their word for word account of what happened. Gettleman and Stuart Schaar, This collection of documents spans Islam and Middle Eastern history. Over half the book is on 20th century conflicts and issues. This is a unique and intelligent portrayal of a diverse religious community and its relationship with America.
It will serve as a strong antidote to the current politicized dichotomy between Islam and the West, which has come to dominate the study of Muslims in America and further afield. Gualtieri, Between Arab and White focuses on the first wave of Arab immigration and settlement in the United States in the years before World War II, but also continues the story up to the present.
Harik and Elsa Marston, Similar to the book on teen life in the Middle East see below , this book, published 12 years ago, precedes several important events, notably the Arab Spring. Jacobs, Strangers in the West is the story of the Arab immigrants who settled in New York City, beginning in Through exhaustive archival and demographic research, Dr. Jacobs has captured the identities of virtually every member of this 19th century community. Details the wrongful imprisonment of one man in Guantanamo Bay Detainment Center and how he managed to prove his innocence.
Lapidus, This book focuses on the organization of primary communities, religious groups, and states, and shows how they were transformed by their interactions with other societies. Its breadth, clarity, and thoughtful exposition will ensure its place in the classroom and beyond. Madden, An important, richly illustrated account of the struggle between Christianity and Islam in the Near East, and an essential guide to understanding many modern-day conflicts, from the Balkans and Lebanon to Palestine and the War on Terror.
Though the region has faced numerous challenges in the more than 10 years since these profiles of daily life in the Middle East for teens was published, this compilation nonetheless offers insights into the interests, family and social lives, religious practices, and culture of teens in twelve profiled countries.
In a gripping narrative, the author reveals this ever-changing city in its many incarnations, bringing every epoch and character blazingly to life. This book describes the stories and experiences of immigrants from the Arab world to the United States. The Ottomans: Empire of Faith by Dr.
David Nicolle, A comprehensive history of the Ottoman Empire with maps and illustrations. Pouwels, This is a history of medieval Africa and the Middle East with beautiful photographs and maps. This beautifully illustrated history of Islam provides a broad overview of the economic, social, political, and cultural history of the Islamic world from the birth of the Prophet Muhammad to the present. Brief essays address pivotal moments and movements and eras, and color maps and photographs effectively complement the text throughout.
In this insighful book, the author unravels the meaning and significance of Mecca. Stewart, S supplemented by a companion website containing sample chapters, a selection of maps formatted for use in presentations, and annotated links to online resources and websites, The Middle East Today is an essential resource for all students of Middle East Studies, Middle East politics and geography.
Who Are the Christians in the Middle East? Martin Bailey, The Middle East continues to dominate international news and global politics. From the perspective of religion, however, many Americans think of that area only in terms of Muslims and Israeli Jews and are unaware of the extensive Christian communities that still exist there. The Essential Koran translated and edited by Thomas Cleary, This is an introductory selection of readings from the Muslim holy book. This collection of readings from the Quran is designed to help non-Muslim Westerners approach this holy book through a selection of chapters and verses encapsulating some of its central ideas.
This brief and readable book remains the first place to look for up-to-date information on the faith, customs, and political beliefs of the more than one billion people who identify as Muslims. This comprehensive introduction provides broad overviews of the developments, events, people and movements that have defined Islam in the three majority-Muslim regions; traces the connections between traditional Islamic institutions and concerns, and their modern manifestations and transformations; investigates new themes and trends that are shaping the modern Muslim experience such as gender, fundamentalism, the media and secularization; and offers case studies of Muslims and Islam in dynamic interaction with different societies.
This wonderfully detailed and newly updated reference book makes it easy to look up anything that one needs to know about Judaism. It may be a bit challenging for beginning-level students but very useful for advanced ones — or for teachers. This collection brings together 39 Arab-American poets offering up poems. These poems tackle a wide range of themes, including culture, politics, loss, art, and language itself.
Emails from Scheherazade by Mohja Kahf, This is a book of poetry describing the Arab American immigrant experience. Ismailia Eclipse by Khaled Mattawa, This is a collection of poems by a Libyan-American writer. In this stirring anthology of sixty poems from the Middle East, honored anthologist Naomi Shihab Nye welcomes us to this lush, vivid world and beckons us to explore. Eloquent pieces from Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Iraq, and elsewhere open windows into the hearts and souls of people we usually meet only on the nightly news.
These new and collected poems of the Middle East — sixty in all — appear together here for the first time. In an unparalleled collection, honored anthologist Naomi Shihab Nye brings together the work of over poets and artists from 19 countries in the Middle East.
In turn compelling, lyrical, tragic and humorous, this rich anthology opens the door to the Middle East and beckons readers to explore our common ground. Full-color illustrations. Twenty poets are represented in this collection, fifteen of them living, five of them women. They start with Ameen Rihani and Kahlil Gibran and include celebrated contemporaries who write in Arabic or English or both.
Farrokhzad was the most significant female Iranian poet of the twentieth century; She wrote with a sensuality and burgeoning political consciousness that pressed against the boundaries of what could be expressed by a woman in s and s Iran. The story builds on this mix of mundane, day-to-day moments and singular, devastating events to create a picture of the life and struggles of a Palestinian refugee. A glossary provides some context, defining Arab words and explaining key political players and places.
Follow her past cars riddled with bullet holes, into taxi cabs that travel where buses refuse to go, and on outings to collect shrapnel from the sidewalk. With striking black-and-white artwork, Abirached recalls the details of ordinary life inside a war zone. A Child in Palestine by Naji al-Ali, These satirical cartoons criticize the Israeli occupation, corruption of the regimes in the region, and the suffering of the Palestinian people using the well-known Handala character.
The 99 by Naif Al-Mutawa, This comic book features a team of superheroes based on Islamic culture and religion. It brings together fiction and real people and events and has been compared with Persepolis. It eloquently examines the impact of conflict on the lives of people on both sides of the wall while drolly recounting the quotidian: checkpoints, traffic jams, and holidays. In Part I, the reader is transported to the pirate-choked Mediterranean sea, where Christians and Muslims continue the crusades, only this time on water.
As the centuries pass, the traditional victims of the Muslim pirates—the British, French, and Spanish—all become empire-building powers whose sights lie beyond the Mediterranean. It does a good job of unpacking assumptions and generalizations. Part photojournalism and part graphic memoir, The Photographer tells the story of a Doctors Without Borders mission which traveled into northern Afghanistan by horse and donkey train at the height of the Soviet occupation.
Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan, In this graphic novel, a young Israeli man searches for his father, who may or may not have been killed in a suicide bombing attack. In this graphic novel, the artist documents the everyday scenes of Iraq in watercolors and drawings painting a human side of the war.
Mumford draws and paints daily activities of American platoons and Baghdad residents. Footnotes in Gaza by Joe Sacco, This is a journalistic graphic novel of an Israeli massacre in the Palestinian town of Rafah during the Suez War and life in Gaza today. Palestine by Joe Sacco, In this graphic novel, Joe Sacco writes about his experiences, emphasizing the history of Palestine, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in The stories tell much about Jewish life in the s, both in the initial setting of Algeria and in Paris.
A sequel is also available. Appropriate for grade 9 and above. A combined volume was released in Note: She describes a sexual encounter in book 2. Graphic novel, personal account. In its first three series, it tracks the events following the return of Omar Shukri to his hometown of Cairo, Egypt, having left his banking job in London. Those years would prove to be the lead up to what became the momentous Tahrir Square protests in Habibi by Craig Thompson, Note: contains mature content nudity.
Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan and Niko Henrichon, This graphic novel is based on the true story of a group of lions that escaped from the Baghdad zoo during the American bombing in It asks questions about liberty: whether it can be given or must be earned, whether it is better to die free or live in captivity.
Cairo by G. Willow Wilson and M. Perker, This graphic novel is a modern fable set on the streets of the Egypt. A stolen hookah and a genie change the lives of five strangers forever. Willow Wilson author and multiple illustrators, series introduced Marvel Comics presents the new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Embark on adventures with this Muslim American teenager superheroine. This coming of age story explores the cultural tensions faced by a young Jordanian-American girl and her family.
But this is not a novel of refugees, of tent cities or starvation. Instead, it is a novel that examines the middle class and the very real pain that the loss of home has even on the privileged. The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andric, This internationally-acclaimed Bosnian novel describes as a series of short stories set in different time periods a small town in Bosnia during the years of Ottoman rule. A teacher can easily use one or two stories, rather than the whole novel. Granada by Radwa Ashour, Forgotten Fire by Adam Bagdasarian, People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, This novel is inspired by a true story of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a medieval Jewish holy book, which had been rescued during the several Bosnian wars.
This dazzling anthology features the work of seventy-nine outstanding writers from all over the Arab-speaking world, from Morocco in the west to Iraq in the east, Syria in the north to Sudan in the south. Dumas also documents her first year as a new mother, the experience of taking fifty-one family members on a birthday cruise to Alaska, and a road trip to Iowa with an American once held hostage in Iran. Personal account. Beginning with the late-nineteenth-century cultural resurgence and continuing through the present day, short stories and novels have given voice to the personal and historical experiences of modern Arabs.
This anthology offers a rich and diverse selection of works from more than one hundred and forty prominent Arab writers of fiction. Memed, My Hawk by Yashar Kemal, A Robin Hood-esque story about a boy who escapes the virtual slavery of his mountain village landlord to join a roving brigade and work to free his people. A girl grows up in the last days of the Ottoman Empire and experiences the Armenian genocide. Miller, Miller caps his stellar, electrifying story with a knockout ending. Cities of Salt by Abdelrahman Munif, Follows the American colonization of a gulf oil well city and their struggles navigating in a new world with Western influences while maintaining their own culture.
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Banned in Saudi Arabia. The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Peterson, They find their courage tested by hunger, illness, the long, arduous journey, and danger on every side. Stack, A reporter describes her experiences covering Middle Eastern wars. This vivid tale of the migrant experience is especially relevant during the current refugee crisis. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, This popular fiction details the lives of two wives of Rasheed who are the epitome of abused women, but who become friends and overcome the ultimate brutality with the ultimate sacrifice. This final work by the Nobel Prize-winning author, unpublished until , is an autobiographical novel set in Algeria, where Camus spent his early years.
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Published thirty-five years after its discovery amid the wreckage of the car accident that killed Camus. In this stunning novel, Assia Djebar intertwines the history of her native Algeria with episodes from the life of a young girl in a story stretching from the French conquest in to the War of Liberation of the s. This is an account of a 19th century Algerian freedom fighter, Abd el-Kader, who won respect in the West for his humanitarian values and compassionate policies during the struggle against French colonialism. The Algerine Captive by Royall Tyler, Originally published anonymously in , it tells the tale of fictitious Boston native Dr.
Updike Underhill, his capture by Barbary pirates, and their efforts to convert him to their Muslim faith. His comments on the religious and cultural divide between Western and Islamic beliefs of the day still resonate today. The controversial bestselling novel in the Arab world reveals the political corruption, sexual repression, religious extremism, and modern hopes of Egypt today found all in one building.
In Egypt on the eve of the October war, a young man has been drafted into the army. His father, the village elder, persuades a poor night-watchman to send his own son as a stand-in but the impersonation plan goes horribly wrong, with tragicomic results. Age 12 and up. Graphic novel. In a deft black-and-white portrait of Cairo and its neighborhoods, a thriller unfolds along the metro system, giving a powerful insight into why the revolution took place. He published over 50 novels, over short stories, dozens of movie scripts, and five plays over a year career.
Many of his works have been made into Egyptian and foreign films. Women of Egypt by Jehan Sadat, Picturing Iran: Art, Society and Revolution ed. A book showing modern Iranian visual culture of the s and s just before and during the revolution. Some of the posters shown in the book would be useful in helping students to understand the reasons behind the revolution. Among the greatest works of world literature, this prodigious narrative, composed by the poet Ferdowsi in the late tenth century, tells the story of pre-Islamic Iran, beginning in the mythic time of creation and continuing forward to the Arab invasion in the seventh century.
Through his lyrical translations, Coleman Barks has been instrumental in bringing this exquisite literature to a remarkably wide range of readers, making the ecstatic, spiritual poetry of Sufi Mystic Rumi more popular than ever. Roya Hakakian recalls her childhood and adolescence in pre-revolutionary Iran with candor and verve. Iran: Opposing Viewpoints ed. The collection of articles offers many different perspectives on modern Iran. The book addresses such issues as whether Iran is a threat to global security, how the U.
The purpose is to show students different sides of the same issue. Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji, Personal account and graphic novel. An impressionistic memoir by the award-winning Iraqi-American writer, Dunya Mikhail, Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea covers her earliest sensations of childhood to a more complicated grasp of death, beginning with the death of her father to the Gulf War and the subsequent Iraqi War.
Contemporary Iraqi Fiction by Shakir Mustaf, In August , the world gained access to a remarkable new voice: a blog written by a year-old Iraqi woman living in Baghdad, whose identity remained concealed for her own protection. Calling herself Riverbend, she offered searing eyewitness accounts of the everyday realities on the ground, punctuated by astute analysis on the politics behind these events. Salam Pax has attracted a huge worldwide readership for the Internet diary he kept during the buildup, prosecution, and aftermath of the war in Iraq. Bringing his incisive and sharply funny Web postings together in print for the first time, Salam Pax provides one of the most gripping accounts of the Iraq conflict and will be the subject of global media attention.
During the Iraq War, Thura kept a diary as a way to cope with the chaos. Reminiscent of Anne Frank, her diary chronicles the daily issues of war Iraqis faced. He writes with frankness about his own upbringing and warns of the brewing resentment in the region. West of the Jordan by Laila Halaby, Through the narratives of four cousins at the brink of maturity, Laila Halaby immerses her readers in the lives, friendships, and loves of girls struggling with national, ethnic, and sexual identities. Beirut Nightmares is set at the height of the Lebanese Civil War.
The narrator, trapped in her apartment for two weeks by street battles and sniper fire, writes a series of vignettes peopled by an extraordinary cast of characters, some drawn from shocking waking world and others living only in the sleeping minds, of those suffering in the conflict. Revised But his father is unable to find work and grows violent.
Mohamed learns how to charm and steal. In this stunning work of historical fiction, Laila Lalami brings us the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America—a Moroccan slave whose testimony was left out of the official record. Palestine: Peace not Apartheid by Jimmy Carter, Men in the Sun by Ghassan Kanafani, This is a collection of Palestinian short stories.
As with the best comic authors, hilarity and anguish are the twin pillars of his work. The Attack by Yasmina Khadra, As an admired and respected member of his community, he has carved a space for himself and his wife, Sihem, at the crossroads of two troubled societies. As evidence mounts that Sihem could have been responsible for the catastrophic bombing, Jaafari begins a tortured search for answers. Wild Thorns by Sahar Khalifeh, A chronicle of living in the Israel-occupied West Bank.
When Proffy befriends a member of the occupying British forces who shares his love of language and the Bible, he is accused of treason by his friends and learns the true nature of loyalty and betrayal. A Palestinian and an Israeli teenager, who met in an exchange program overseas, write to each other about their lives and the tragic conflict in their country. In , Bashir Al-Khayri, a Palestinian twenty-five-year-old, journeyed to Israel, with the goal of seeing the beloved old stone house, with the lemon tree behind it, that he and his family had fled nineteen years earlier.
To his surprise, when he found the house he was greeted by Dalia Ashkenazi Landau, a nineteen-year-old Israeli college student, whose family fled Europe for Israel following the Holocaust. On the stoop of their shared home, Dalia and Bashir began a rare friendship, forged in the aftermath of war and tested over the next thirty-five years in ways that neither could imagine on that summer day in These satirical cartoons criticize the Israeli occupation, corruption of the regimes in the region, and the suffering of the Palestinian people.
Details one incident in in Rafah in the Gaza Strip in which Palestinians were killed, but what is for most of us just a footnote in history. In recent years, Saudi Arabic has experienced changes that have both altered the internal structure of the country and affected its foreign relations. This book manages to steer an even course through a subject that is often treated with skepticism or defensiveness.
Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea, Boldly addresses the hidden lives of Saudi Arabian young women in contemporary society. The Waiting Room by Sarah Glidden, Snow by Orhan Pamuk, An exiled poet named Ka returns to Turkey and travels to the forlorn city of Kars. His ostensible purpose is to report on a wave of suicides among religious girls forbidden to wear their head-scarves. But Ka is also drawn by his memories of the radiant Ipek, now recently divorced.
My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk, A transporting tale set amid the splendor and religious intrigue of sixteenth-century Istanbul, from one of the most prominent contemporary Turkish writers. The Hostage by Zayd Muti Dammaj, The cultural anachronism that was the Imamate of Yemen is artfully captured in The Hostage. As his friend, another servant, is slowly dying of tuberculosis, he himself is infected with the corruption of the palace and is on the verge of being consumed.
The fabled past is ever present in Yemen, and stories are told about events that happened long, long ago-as if they happened only yesterday. From the Land of Sheba brings a rich assortment of folktales from this ancient land. Said Foreward , Ahdaf Soueif Translator , Gelvin, A collection of primary source documents dating from into the 21st century. Rogan and Avi Shlaim. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, A History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, 2nd ed.
Haas, Olimat, Rosenberg, Underwood, Yaghoubian, Gordon and General Bernard E. Trainor, This stunning account of the political and military struggle between American, Iraqi, and Iranian forces brings together vivid reporting of diplomatic intrigue and gripping accounts of the blow-by-blow fighting that lasted nearly a decade. With sharp detail and tremendous empathy, Sky provides unique insights into the US military as well as the complexities, diversity, and evolution of Iraqi society. New York: Routledge, Clements, A History of the Modern Middle East, 5th ed. Cleveland and Martin Bunton, Dunn, Eickelman, This remarkable book combines war reporting and political analysis in an unprecedented way: it is an epic account of the Lebanon conflict by an author who has personally witnessed the carnage of Beirut for over two decades.
A short reference book on medieval international trade in salt, slaves, silk, and spices. A Concise History of the Middle East 11th ed. In this definitive history of the modern Arab world, award-winning historian Eugene Rogan draws extensively on Arab sources and texts to place the Arab experience in its crucial historical context for the first time. Tracing five centuries of Arab history, Rogan reveals that there was an age when the Arabs set the rules for the rest of the world. Frederick Starr, New York: Harcourse, Ernst, Bacevich, Star Spangled Security is a fascinating and rewarding look at the last sixty years of American defense and diplomacy.
Freeman, Brokers of Deceit: How the U. Kurtzer and Scott B. Lasensky, A skilled, persuasive appraisal of a unique moment in our foreign policy history. Anyone interested in the Middle East, China, or the future of American power should read it immediately and think hard about its message. Ricks, Doomed to Succeed: The U. In this exhaustive piece, the U.
Tucker, This book shows modern Iranian visual culture of the s and s just before and during the revolution. Some of the posters shown in the book would be useful in helping your students to understand the reasons behind the revolution. Keddie, Fuller, Islam and Modernity in Turkey by Brian Silverstein, An ethnographic account of Islam in modern Turkey by UA Anthropology faculty member Brian Silverstein, this book discusses Islam and mass media in Turkey, with attention to the Ottoman and early Republican background of contemporary Turkey.
I Saw Ramallah by Mourid Barghouti Winner of the prestigious Naguib Mahfouz Medal, this fierce and moving work is an unparalleled rendering of the human aspects of the Palestinian predicament. Iraqi artist Bilal immigrated to the U. In Tangier by Mohamed Choukri, originally published in After a childhood of poverty and petty crime, Choukri taught himself to read and write at the age of His recollection of encounters with the larger-than-life characters of these cult figures are collected in a single volume for the first time.
She is incredibly insightful, and the book is beautifully written and an easy read. A young Egyptian female medical student overcomes social hypocrisy and social injustice to become a caring and successful physician. Journey from the Land of No by Roya Hakakian, The author recalls her childhood and adolescence in pre-revolutionary Iran with candor and verve.
Agatha Christie, writing under the name of her second husband Max Mallowan, recounts their lives on the archaeological projects that Max directed in Iraq and Syria just before and after World War II during which, incidentally, Agatha wrote many of her murder mysteries. It reflects a deep historical understanding but, more important, it is a book about political survival through culture, language and other forms of interpersonal communications across several divides. Said, Said writes with great passion and wit about his family and his friends from his birthplace in Jerusalem, schools in Cairo, and summers in the mountains above Beirut, to boarding school and college in the United States, revealing an unimaginable world of rich, colorful characters and exotic eastern landscapes.
Daughter of famed theorist and intellectual, Edward Said, Najla was born a Palestinian Lebanese American, but denied her true roots, even to herself—until, ultimately, the psychological toll of her self-hatred began to threaten her health.
As she grew older, she eventually came to see herself, her passions, and her identity more clearly. Today she is a voice for second-generation Arab Americans nationwide. From The New Yorker: An apt testament — a moving contemplation of how the stay with us, and how war scrambles the narrative of family life. In this rare first-hand account of the private world of a Cairo harem during the years before Egypt declared independence in , Shaarawi recalls her childhood and early adult life in the seclusion of an upper-class Egyptian household, including her marriage at age thirteen.
A Winter in Arabia by Freya Stark, In this book, the travel writer, geographer, historian, and archaeologist recounts her expedition in what is now Yemen. Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger, Jump to the bottom of this page to view a detailed legend of the country abbreviations used. Palestinian poet and author who won numerous awards for his literary output and was regarded as the Palestinian national poet. Egyptian feminist writer, activist, physician and psychiatrist. She has written many books on the subject of women in Islam. Fadia Faqir, a Jordanian-British novelist, draws on her experiences as a woman in Jordan and abroad to shed light on the marginalized in Arab society.
Egyptian novelist who won the Nobel Prize for Literature. He is regarded as one of the first contemporary writers of Arabic literature to explore themes of existentialism. Arab-American the author or editor of nine books, including poetry, non-fiction a recent short story collection, The Man Who Guarded the Bomb. Her writing draws on diverse cultures and literary traditions, reflecting an interest in history, philosophy, Sufism, oral culture, and cultural politics. Mornings in Jenin is a multi-generational story about a Palestinian affected by the creation of he State of Israel and the decades of conflict that have followed.
The Hakawati by Rabih Alameddine, Gold Dust by Ibrahim Al-Koni, In translation. A classic story of the brotherhood between man and beast, the thread of companionship that is all the difference between life and death in the desert. It is a story of t he fight to endure in a world of limitless and waterless wastes, and a parable of the struggle to survive in the most dangerous landscape of all: human society.
When Rajaa Alsanea boldly chose to open up the hidden world of Saudi women—their private lives and their conflicts with the traditions of their culture—she caused a sensation across the Arab world. The Corpse Washer by Sinan Antoon, Sarmada by Fadi Azzam, Stone of Laughter by Hoda Barakat. The book was translated into English by Sophie Bennett. It is a winner of the Al-Naqid prize and the first book by an Arab author to have a main character who is gay. Hajji Ahmed had only one wish, to have a son. Year after year, his wife gives him nothing but daughters.
When the eighth child was born he makes a secret decision and announces that finally he has a son and heir, who is called Mohammed Ahmed. A compilation of short stories, this book is the first major literary work about the Iraq War from an Iraqi perspective. For Bread Alone by Mohamed Choukri. London: Telegram Books, Mother Comes of Age by Driss Chraibi, trans.