The Arab World

Last Chapter - Leila Abouzeid
The story of Aisha, a young Moroccan woman, from adolescence and young adulthood to the present, and her struggle to find an identity.

God Dies by the Nile - Nawal El-Saadawi
The story of a family living in the peasant village of Kafr el Teen, on the banks of the Nile, and their dealings with the corrupt local Mayor

Halide's Gift - Frances Kazan
Two sisters from a family close to the Sultan are torn apart by their love for two very different men and by a dangerous political divide.

Samarkand - Amin Maalouf
This novel tells the history of Omar Khayyam's 'Rubaiyaat' from its creation by the poet in the 11th-century to its loss in the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.

My Name Is Red - Orhan Pamuk
In the late 1590s, the Sultan secretly commissions a great book, to be illuminated by the best artists of the day. When one of the miniaturists goes missing and is feared murdered, their master seeks outside help.

Holy Woman - Shahraz Qaisra
Zarrie, the glamorous daughter of a wealth Muslim landowner, falls in love with Sikander, a business tycoon but her father disapproves.

Aisha - Ahdaf Soueif
A collection of stories linked by their central character, an Egyptian girl growing up in Egypt and London.

Map of Love - Ahdaf Soueif
In Egypt, Lady Anna Winterbourne meets Sharif, an Egyptian Nationalist committed to his country's cause. A century later, Isabel Parkman, a descendant of the marriage, falls in love with Omar-al-Ghamrawi….

Book of Saladin - Tariq Ali
The fictional memoir of Saladin, the Kurdish liberator of Jerusalem.

Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree - Tariq Ali
The story of a family in Moorish Spain and its attempts to survive after the fall of Granada.

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