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Hurma – Ali Al-Muqri

A damning insight into a world of near-unfettered patriarchal control and astonishing religious hypocrisy…

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

How often do we get a story told to us from the eyes of the abused housebound women of Afghanistan…

The Hilltop – Assaf Gavron

I loved this book, once I finally got the courage to open it…

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

This was a really helpful book to read at this point in my life – aged 21 and beginning to figure out the path ahead. Reading The Alchemist gave me confidence…

Palace Walk – Naguib Mahfouz

I found Palace Walk on a bookshelf at home, around the time of the 2014 Egyptian Presidential Elections…

The Iraqi Christ – Hassan Blasim

Kaleidoscopic, a collection of stories within stories, riddled with death and trauma and the surreal…

Cities of Salt – Abdelrahman Munif

This is one I think you need on your site. It’s about the discovery of oil in Saudi Arabia in the 1930s…

Zainab – Mohammed Hussein Haikal

This was first published in Arabic in 1913, and it’s considered the first modern Egyptian novel – the first authentic Arabic novel, even…

The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak

It’s not a love story. It’s about the liberty you develop with age…