Best Middle Eastern Dramas & Plays Books

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1. The Prophet

Author: by Chris MacDonnell

1 hour and 26 minutes

Khalil Gibrán

Chris MacDonnell

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The Prophet is perhaps the most cherished inspirational and enlightening work in the world. Almustafa, the chosen and beloved, must leave the port of Orphalese upon the ship he has waited upon for 12 years. As he descends to the waterfront, the people of Orphalese gather to question him and hear his wisdom on important topics of their daily lives.

Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece is a series of enlightening, philosophical answers to those questions. The inspirational and spiritual words of The Prophet, written in an almost Biblical, poetic style, reveal deep insights into each of the subjects in question. There are philosophies on love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, housing, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death.

For many, this work provides a positive philosophy and a calm refuge andfor living life in today’s harsh world.

2. To Be An Israeli: The Fourth Book in the All My Love, Detrick series (All My Love Detrick 4)

Author: by Roberta Kagan
January 5, 2016

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Elan understands what it means to be an Israeli. He’s sacrificed the woman he loved, his marriage, and his life for Israel. When Israel went to war and Elan was summoned in the middle of the night, he did not hesitate to defend his country, even though he knew he might pay a terrible price.

Elan is not a perfect man by any means.He can be cruel. He can be stubborn and self-righteous. But he is brave, and he loves more deeply than he will ever admit.This is his story. However, it is not only his story; it is also the story of the lives of the women who loved him: Katja, the girl whom he cherished but could never marry, who would haunt him forever.

Janice, the spoiled American he wed to fill a void, who would keep a secret from him that would one day shatter his world. AndNina, the beautiful Mossad agent whom Elan longed to protect but knew he never could. To Be an Israeli spans from the beginning of the Six-Day War in 1967 through 1986 when a group of American tourists are on their way to visit their Jewish homeland.

3. Homebody/Kabul: Final Revised Version

Author: by Tony Kushner
February 3, 2005

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Mr. Kushner’s glorious specialty is in giving theatrical life to internal points of view, in which our thoughts meld with a character’s wayward speculations or fantasies… He makes the personal and the universal, the trivial and the cosmic come simultaneously to life in a single character’s bewilderment.

Ben Brantley, New York TimesAn extraordinary playa deeply felt, expansively ruminative drama. Paul Taylor, Independent (London)What a feast of a play. No playwright in the English language has a greater passion for language than Kushner. And to this Kushner adds that rare quality in American theater, a yearning to go beyond domestic stories and into the great world of political struggle.Brilliant.

It keeps us thinking. Richard Christiansen, Chicago TribuneThis eerily timely work about Afghanistan is comparably mesmerizing and mournful, vast and intimate, emotionally generous and stylistically fabulist, wildly verbal, politically progressive and scarily well informed. Linda Winer, NewsdayIn Homebody/Kabul, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America, has turned his penetrating gaze to the arena of global politics to create this suspenseful portrait of a dangerous collision between cultures.



Author: by Hermann Hesse
December 11, 2010

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Siddhartha is a novel by Hermann Hesse that deals with the spiritual journey of a boy known as Siddhartha from the Indian subcontinent during the time of the Buddha. The book, Hesse’s ninth novel, was written in German, in a simple yet powerful and lyrical style.

It was published in the U.S. In 1951 and became influential during the 1960s. Hesse dedicated Siddhartha to Ninon Hesse, his wife. The word Siddhartha is made up of two words in the Sanskrit language, siddha (achieved) + artha (meaning or wealth).

The two words together mean “he who has found meaning (of existence)” or “he who has attained his goals”. The Buddha’s name, before his renunciation, was Prince Siddhartha Gautama. In this book, the Buddha is referred to as “Gotama”.

5. HOUSE MAID: A story behind the suffering of a Sri Lankan migrant worker in Saudi Arabia.

Author: by Indika Guruge
January 21, 2017

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A story behind the suffering of a Sri Lankan Migrant worker in Saudi Arabia. Kamala a mother of four children facing poverty to manage her family with a drunken worthless husband that sleeps all day getting drunk on moonshine and coconut arrack, he spends all her hard earn money, Kamala works in a local factory paid a low salary and not enough to solve her financial problems.

She thinks migrating to a foreign land would be the only hope. The only qualification she has to migrate to a foreign country is to be a housemaid. That salary would be way better than in Sri Lanka, flying to Saudi Arabia as a housemaid would be a dream come true.

Yet day after day, Kamala comprehends her mistake and regrets her stupid actions of leaving her beloveds. She is trapped by the secured walls of the Arabian house and by the rules, regulations and her negligence on working. She gets punished by horrific physical and mental abuse by the hands of her employer.

Finally trapped her in a room as a punishment with nonpayment of her salary. When she tries to escape she is being physically tortured by the employer with nailing her body feet beating her with chains and sticks. Finally, when she escapes and returns to her mother land, everything what she worked have gone on a waste by her husband and leaving it all for nothing.

6. Women's Minyan

Author: by Naomi Ragen

June 15, 2011

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Naomi Ragen’s first play, which premiered in July 2002 at Habima National Theater in Tel Aviv. It is based on a true story: a Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) woman, wife of a rabbi, mother of 12, leaves her home and stays with a friend.

The community’s “modesty squad” tries in vain to force her to go back. Her friend is physically attacked, her arm and leg broken. The rabbi’s wife is punished: she is cut off from her children, against her will.

7. Forever, My Homeland: The Final Book in the All My Love, Detrick Series (All My Love Detrick 5)

Author: by Roberta Kagan
April 13, 2016

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Bari Lynn has a secret. So she, a young Jewish-American girl, decides to tour Israel with her best friend and the members of their synagogue in search of answers. Meanwhile, beneath the surface in Israel, trouble is stirring with a group of radical Islamists.

The case falls into the hands of Elan, a powerful passionate Mossad agent, trying to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. He believes nothing can break him, but in order to achieve their goals, the terrorists will go to any means to bring Elan to his knees.

Forever, My Homeland is the story of a country built on blood and determination. It is the tale of a strong and courageous people who don’t have the luxury of backing down from any fight, because they live with the constant memory of the Holocaust.

In the back of their minds, there is always a soft voice that whispers Never again.

8. Freedom Hospital: A Syrian Story

Author: by Hamid Sulaiman
288 pages

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Winner English PEN AwardIt is spring 2012 and 40,000 people have died since the start of the Syrian Arab Spring. In the wake of this, Yasmine has set up a clandestine hospital in the north of the country. Her town is controlled by Assad’s brutal regime, but is relatively stable.

However, as the months pass, the situation becomes increasingly complex and violent. Told in stark, beautiful black-and-white imagery, Freedom Hospital illuminates a complicated situation with gut-wrenching detail and very dark humor. The story of Syria is one of the most devastating narratives of our age and Freedom Hospital is an important and timely book from a new international talent.

9. A Girl from the Middle East: The Pursuit of Freedom

Author: by Nada Alachkar
December 3, 2020

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Afraid of voicing your opinion in a world designed to keep you quiet? Learn to navigate the Game of Life while maintaining the highest morals and ethical values. Today, we live in a cash-for-trash world. Anyone can stand up and say anything unkind, unfair or completely untrue about you, and then they are rewarded for it because life is unfair!

Kathie Lee GiffordNada Alachkar earned her M.D. At Aleppo University in Syria and later immigrated to the USA. She currently works at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Alachkar is an author, physician, mother, and survivor. Using her own experiences and her deep understanding of the struggles of immigrants, prejudices against women, and injustices toward minorities, she’s delivered a sensational social critique that is sure to inspire you and put things into perspective in Your Own Life.

By following along her inspiring journey, you’ll discover:How to garner the bravery to find your voice and stand for your values How to heal, forgive, and move on from traumatic experiencesHow to develop better coping skills and become more resilient in the face of life hardshipsHow to end a marriage with grace to preserve your dignity, integrity, and respectAnd much, much moreThe author eloquently and courageously tells an inspiring story about the struggles, failures, and successes of a Middle-Eastern girl who had to overcome too many obstacles to find her identity.

10. The Dramatic Literature of Nawal El Saadawi

Author: by Nawal El Saadawi
Saqi Books (May 1, 2009)
240 pages

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More than any other woman, El Saadawi has come to embody the trials of Arab feminism. San Francisco ChronicleThis is a collection that brings together the two plays that led to Nawal El Saadawi being charged with insulting Islam in Egypt.

Both works develop key themes of El Saadawi’s work: that religions are inimical to women and the poor, that the oppression of women is reprehensible and not solely characteristic of the Middle East or the Third World, and that free speech is fundamental to any society.

Nawal El Saadawi is a distinguished visiting professor at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

11. The Pomegranate Pendant

Author: by Dvora Waysman
April 1, 2009

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When Dvora Waysman pens her name to a piece of literature, you can be sure that it will reflect her love affair with Jerusalem, the holy city. The Pomegranate Pendant is a story of a Jewish family’s return to the land of their forefathers.

A creative author, readers will appreciate Waysman’s successful technique of interweaving Israel’s historical facts within a fictional story. After 2000 years of exile, Mazal and Ezra ben-Yichya leave their families in the land of their birth and become a part of the Yemenite return to Israel in 1882.

Struggling with the obstacles of being young new immigrants, the ben-Yichyas make new friends, find housing, open a business, and set about making a life in the Holy Land. The story spans four generations. “At a time when so many Jewish people are weighing the possibilities of their own move to Israel, The Pomegranate Pendant gives a very timely insight to how other people have settled here,” said Chaim Mazo, the publisher.”When they read of how Mazal and Ezra ben-Yichya make a success of their move, they will realize that they too can adapt to a new life.”When Mazal and Ezra ben-Yichya embarked in 1882 on their long journey from Sana’a, Yemen to the Holy Land, their young hearts were filled with dreams of the glory they were sure awaited them in Jerusalem.

12. Guards at the Taj and Mr. Wolf: Two Plays

Author: by Rajiv Joseph

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Set in India in 1648, Guards at the Taj introduces two young Imperial Guards, Humayun and Babur, as they stand watch in front of the city walls. New to their roles and just recently out of training, they have been assigned the less-than-exciting dawn watch leaving them plenty of time for discussion about the great Tajmahalwhich they have heard much about, but have never seen until now.

According to rumor, Shah Jahan has issued a royal decree that anyone who took part in the building of this majestic city within a city must have their hands chopped off, so as to ensure that nothing so beautiful as the Tajmahal shall ever be built again.

Humayun and Babur’s repartee takes a somber turn as they realize that they will be the guards tasked with carrying out this violent judgment. Mr. Wolf is a powerful play about child abduction told from the point of view of various characters: Michael and Hana’s daughter was kidnapped fourteen years ago.

Julie also had a child kidnapped around a similar time. Theresa was kidnapped when she was three and knows nothing of the world except that which her captor selectively revealed to her over the years. These four lives, once altered by tragedy, now must face that nightmare once again.

13. Harem Slave: One Thousand Nine Hundred and Four Days of Hell on the Persian Gulf (Human Trafficking Series Book 1)

Author: by Nancy Hartwell Enonchong
April 24, 2013

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If you are expecting pornography, do not buy this book. Harem Slave is not your predictable formulaic sex-slave novel; it is above all, a gripping and often suspense-filled documentary of the harrowing life of a victim of human trafficking. It is, in many respects, a survival guide for girls who find themselves in such unthinkable circumstances.

Intended for mature readers, Harem Slave is not gratuitously pornographic, but due to the subject matter, does contain considerable erotic material. Tammy Simmons is every parent’s dream daughter: 18, blonde, a majorette, and unimpressed with how beautiful she is. An honor roll student preparing to enter Georgetown University, she seems destined to take her comfortable place in upper-middle-class America.

She has taken to heart the high moral principles instilled in her by her tight-knit family, and dreams of being a diplomat. While visiting friends in Europe, however, she is abducted, and to her stunned disbelief, shipped to the Middle East and sold as a harem slave to an 81-year-old sheikh.

14. Encyclopedia of Arab Women Filmmakers

Author: by Rebecca Hillauer
484 pages

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Arab women filmmakers: Who are they?What drives them? What are their experiences in a male-dominated profession? How do they function within the contextsand constraintsof patriarchal societies? The answers are complex and sometimes surprising, as complex and surprising as the vastly different films these women direct.

In this unprecedented book, Rebecca Hillauer assembles a comprehensive and penetrating look into the history of Arab women’s filmmaking, as well as the political and social background of the countriesEgypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Algeria, among othersfrom which these artists emerged.

In addition to the biographies, filmographies, and discussions of their most important works, lively, in-depth interviews allow us to hear from the filmmakers themselves. Collectively, these women, who hail from a wide range of professional, religious, and social backgrounds, provide a varied and vivid picture of what it means to work in creative and journalistic fields in the modern Arab world.

15. Birds of a Kind

Author: by Wajdi Mouawad
96 pages

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Is it really important to cling to our lost identities? A terrorist attack in Jerusalem puts Eitan, a young Israeli-German genetic researcher, in a coma, while his girlfriend Wahida, an Moroccan graduate student, is left to uncover his family secret that brought them to Israel in the first place.

Since Eitan’s parents erupted at a Passover meal when they realized Wahida was not Jewish, he has harbored a suspicion about his heritage that, if true, could change everything.