Best Middle Eastern Literature Books

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1. Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings

Author: by Ferdowsi
Liveright
English
592 pages

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Vividly translated and lushly illustrated, this edition of the Persian epic Shahnameh is fully illuminated for new audiences. Ferdowsi’s classic poem Shahnameh is part myth, part historybeginning with the legend of the birth of the Persian nation and its tumultuous history, it contains magical birds and superhuman heroes and centuries-long battles.

Written over 1,000 years ago, it was meant to protect Persian collective memory amidst a turbulent sea of cultural storms. Originally written in couplets, the translation and adaptation by Ahmad Sadri retells the mythological tales in prose format. The spectacular illustrations in this edition were created from elements culled from thousands of manuscripts, lithographs, and miniatures dating from the thirteenth through the nineteenth centuries, and each panel becomes a new work of art, an exquisite collage of traditional forms.

500 + full-color illustrations


2. The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights: Volume 1 (Penguin Classics)

Author: by Robert Irwin
Penguin Classics
English
992 pages

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The most significant translation in one hundred years of one of the greatest works of world literature From Ali Baba and the forty thieves to the voyages of Sinbad, the stories of The Arabian Nights are timeless and unforgettable. Published here in three volumes, this magnificent new edition brings these tales to life for modern readers in the first complete English translation since Richard Burton’s of the 1880s.

Every night for three years the vengeful King Shahriyar sleeps with a different virgin, and the next morning puts her to death. To end this brutal pattern, the vizier’s daughter, Shahrazad, begins to tell the king enchanting tales of mystical lands peopled with princes and hunchbacks, of the Angel of Death and magical spirits, and of jinnis trapped in rings and in lampsa sequence of stories that will last 1,001 nights, and that will save her own life.


3. A Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew Workbook

Author: by Duane A. Garrett
B&H Academic
English
320 pages

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This all-new workbook for first year Hebrew students serves as the essential exercise companion to A Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew by Duane Garrett and Jason DeRouchie. The lay-flat binding and laminated review sheets make it especially easy to use time and again.


4. Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament

Author: by John H. Walton

Baker Academic
English
384 pages

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Leading evangelical scholar John Walton surveys the cultural context of the ancient Near East, bringing insight to the interpretation of specific Old Testament passages. This new edition of a top-selling textbook has been thoroughly updated and revised throughout to reflect the refined thinking of a mature scholar.

It includes over 30 illustrations. Students and pastors who want to deepen their understanding of the Old Testament will find this a helpful and instructive study.


5. My Name Is Red

Author: by Orhan Pamuk
Vintage
English
432 pages

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At once a fiendishly devious mystery, a beguiling love story, and a brilliant symposium on the power of art, My Name Is Red is a transporting tale set amid the splendor and religious intrigue of sixteenth-century Istanbul, from one of the most prominent contemporary Turkish writers.

The Sultan has commissioned a cadre of the most acclaimed artists in the land to create a great book celebrating the glories of his realm. Their task: to illuminate the work in the European style. But because figurative art can be deemed an affront to Islam, this commission is a dangerous proposition indeed.

The ruling elite therefore mustn’t know the full scope or nature of the project, and panic erupts when one of the chosen miniaturists disappears. The only clue to the mysteryor crime? Lies in the half-finished illuminations themselves. Part fantasy and part philosophical puzzle, My Name is Red is a kaleidoscopic journey to the intersection of art, religion, love, sex and power.

Translated from the Turkish by Erda M Gknar


6. LORD OF THE ATLAS (EPIC HISTORICAL FICTION)

Author: by COLIN FALCONER
B095VQMNHH
May 25, 2021
English

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London 1893: Two former Royal Artillery officers are offered a small fortune to go to Morocco to help the Sultan quell a rebel uprising in the south. Purely an advisory role, they are told. Harry Delhaze is on a lonely path to self-destruction; George Marriott has promises to keep.

It seems to them like the easiest money they’ll ever make. They couldn’t be more wrong. They are forced to battle frostbite in the Atlas Mountains and endure the baking deserts of the sub-Sahara; they are traded, kidnapped, and used as pawns in high-stakes political rivalries; they encounter women who worship cannons for fertility and magician-warlords who talk to the dead and play bloody games of chess with living slaves; and the three muzzle-loading cannon the Sultan has hired them to command are antiques that could explode in their faces at any moment.

Then there is the Lord of the Atlas himself, Amastan el-Karim, who harbors a shocking secret that could cost them both their lives or give one of them a reason to live again. An epic historical adventure evoking the beautiful and the barbaric of nineteenth-century Morocco, transporting the reader to a now-lost world.


7. Harem: the European megaseller: new and revised edition (EPIC HISTORICAL FICTION)

Author: by Colin Falconer
B005MLA3Q8
September 11, 2011
English

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‘A page turner…This peek behind the walls of the seraglio will seduce lovers of large-scale historical fiction.’ – BooklistConstantinople, 1520To the outside world, the Sultan’s harem was an oasis, a paradise of murmuring fountains and beautiful women. In reality it was a snake pit of jealousy, betrayal and murder.

Behind the walls of the Topkapi palace, his harem was a virtual prison. The only way to a better life for any of his hundreds of concubines was to somehow find her way into the Sultan’s bed and bear him a son.

But one slave girl dreamed of far more than that. Roxelana didn’t just want the great lord’s favour; she wanted power. And she wanted revenge. This is the astonishing story of Suleiman, the one they called the Magnificent , and the woman he made his queen, in defiance of the centuries-old code of the Ottoman dynasty.

From medieval Venice to the slave markets of Algiers, from the mountains of Persia to the forbidden seraglio of the Ottoman’s greatest sultan, this is a tale of passion and intrigue in a world where nothing is really as it seems.’…


8. Woman at Point Zero

Author: by Nawal El Saadawi
Zed Books
English
160 pages

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‘An unforgettable, unmissable book for the new global feminist.’The Times’All the men I did get to know filled me with but one desire: to lift my hand and bring it smashing down on his face.’So begins Firdaus’s remarkable story of rebellion against a society founded on lies, hypocrisy, brutality and oppression.

Born to a peasant family in the Egyptian countryside, Firdaus struggles through childhood, seeking compassion and knowledge in a world which gives her little of either. As she grows up and escapes the fetters of her childhood, each new relationship teaches her a bitter but liberating truth that the only free people are those who want nothing, fear nothing and hope for nothing.

This classic novel has been an inspiration to countless people across the world. Saadawi’s searing indictment of society’s brutal treatment of women continues to resonate today.

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Arabic Stories for Language Learners: Traditional Middle Eastern Tales In Arabic and English (Free Audio CD Included)
Author: by Hezi Brosh
Tuttle Publishing
English
256 pages

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Arabic Stories for Language Learnersa language learning experience for beginner to intermediate students of the Arabic language. The traditional stories of a country are invaluable at providing insight into understanding the culture, history and language of a people. A great way to learn Arabic, the sixty-six stories found in Arabic Stories for Language Learners present the vocabulary and grammar used every day in Arabic-speaking countries.

Pulled from a wide variety of sources that have been edited and simplified for learning purposes, these stories are presented in parallel Arabic and English, facilitating language learning in the classroom and via self-study. Each story is followed by a series of questions in Arabic and English to test comprehension and encourage discussion.

Arabic Stories for Language Learners brings Arab culture to life colorfully and immediately. Regardless of whether or not you have a working knowledge of Arabic, this book gives readers a tantalizing introduction to the wisdom and humor of these ancient desert-dwelling peoples.

10. Frankenstein in Baghdad: A Novel

Author: by Ahmed Saadawi
Penguin Books
English
288 pages

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Man Booker International Prize finalist*Brave and ingenious. The New York TimesGripping, darkly humorous …Profound. Phil Klay, bestselling author and National Book Award winner for RedeploymentExtraordinary … A devastating but essential read. Kevin Powers, bestselling author and National Book Award finalist for The Yellow Birds From the rubble-strewn streets of U.S.

Occupied Baghdad, Hadia scavenger and an oddball fixture at a local cafcollects human body parts and stitches them together to create a corpse. His goal, he claims, is for the government to recognize the parts as people and to give them proper burial.

But when the corpse goes missing, a wave of eerie murders sweeps the city, and reports stream in of a horrendous-looking criminal who, though shot, cannot be killed. Hadi soon realizes he’s created a monster, one that needs human flesh to survivefirst from the guilty, and then from anyone in its path.

A prizewinning novel by Baghdad’s new literary star (The New York Times), Frankenstein in Baghdad captures with white-knuckle horror and black humor the surreal reality of contemporary Iraq.

11. In the Field of Grace

Author: by Tessa Afshar
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June 15, 2014
English

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Destitute,grief-stricken, and unwanted by the people of God, Ruth arrives in Israel withnothing to recommend her but Naomi’s, love. Her loftiest hope is to provideenough food to save Naomi and herself from starvation. ButGod has other plans for her life.

Whileeveryone considers Ruth an outcast, she is astounded to find one of the most honored men of Judah showing her favor. Long since awidower and determined to stay that way, Boaz is irresistibly drawn to the foreignwoman with the haunted eyes.

He tells himself he is only being kind to hisCousin Naomi’s chosen daughter when he goes out of his way to protect her fromharm, but his heart knows better. Based onthe biblical account of Ruth, In the Field of Grace is the story of a love thatultimately changes the course of Israel’s destiny and the future of the wholeworld.

12. The Illuminated Hafiz: Love Poems for the Journey to Light

Author: by Hafiz
English
160 pages
1683643429


The Illuminated Hafiz: Love Poems for the Journey to Light Cover

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Winner of the Nautilus Awards 2020 in Gold: Gift & SpecialtyVivid translations by Coleman Barks, Robert Bly, Omid Safi, Meher Baba, and others combine with Michael and Saliha Green’s stunning illustrations to bring the immortal poetry of the great Persian master Hafiz to life There is this matter of the light in my eyes.

If you want to know the Friend,don’t expect elegant arguments! Demand a blessing from one who gives you joy.Hafiz (tr. Barks)Hafiz is without peer!Exclaimed Goethe. Known as The Tongue of the Hidden Mysteries, Shams al-Din Muhammad Hafiz of Shiraz is the most revered of Persian poets.

When the Sun of Infinite Reality dawned in his being, he poured forth mystic verse so sublime it touched the hearts of kings and commoners alike. Hafiz’s poems of intimate divine love spread through the East in his lifetime, then into the West, influencing such luminaries as Emerson, Brahms, Queen Victoria, Nietzsche, and Garcia Lorca.

Today, nearly 700 years after his death, the unmatched genius and bold wit of Hafiz continues to ignite hearts and intoxicate souls everywhere. The Illuminated Hafiz brings together vivid translations by Coleman Barks, Robert Bly, Omid Safi, Meher Baba, Peter Booth, and others with the luminous art of Michael and Saliha Green, weaving them into a stunning contemporary presentation in the tradition of classical Persian illuminated manuscripts and unveiling the mysteries of the path of love.Come, raise a cup!

13. Palace Walk: The Cairo Trilogy, Volume 1

Author: by Naguib Mahfouz
Anchor
English
544 pages

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Palace Walk is the first novel in Nobel Prize-winner Naguib Mahfouz’s magnificent Cairo Trilogy, an epic family saga of colonial Egypt that is considered his masterwork. The novels of the Cairo Trilogy trace three generations of the family of tyrannical patriarch al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad, who rules his household with a strict hand while living a secret life of self-indulgence.

Palace Walk introduces us to his gentle, oppressed wife, Amina, his cloistered daughters, Aisha and Khadija, and his three sonsthe tragic and idealistic Fahmy, the dissolute hedonist Yasin, and the soul-searching intellectual Kamal. The family’s trials mirror those of their turbulent country during the years spanning the two world wars, as change comes to a society that has resisted it for centuries.

Translated by William Maynard Hutchins and Olive E.Kenny

14. In the Presence of Absence

Author: by Mahmoud Darwish
Archipelago
English
200 pages

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One of the most transcendent poets of his generation, Darwish composed this remarkable elegy at the apex of his creativity, but with the full knowledge that his death was imminent. Thinking it might be his final work, he summoned all his poetic genius to create a luminous work that defies categorization.

In stunning language, Darwish’s self-elegy inhabits a rare space where opposites bleed and blend into each other. Prose and poetry, life and death, home and exile are all sung by the poet and his other. On the threshold of im/mortality, the poet looks back at his own existence, intertwined with that of his people.

Through these lyrical meditations on love, longing, Palestine, history, friendship, family, and the ongoing conversation between life and death, the poet bids himself and his readers a poignant farewell.

15. The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights: Volume 3 (Penguin Classics)

Author: by Robert Irwin
Penguin Classics
English
800 pages

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The most significant translation in one hundred years of one of the greatest works of world literature From Ali Baba and the forty thieves to the voyages of Sinbad, the stories of The Arabian Nights are timeless and unforgettable. Published here in three volumes, this magnificent new edition brings these tales to life for modern readers in the first complete English translation since Richard Burton’s of the 1880s.

Every night for three years the vengeful King Shahriyar sleeps with a different virgin, and the next morning puts her to death. To end this brutal pattern, the vizier’s daughter, Shahrazad, begins to tell the king enchanting tales of mystical lands peopled with princes and hunchbacks, of the Angel of Death and magical spirits, and of jinnis trapped in rings and in lampsa sequence of stories that will last 1,001 nights, and that will save her own life.

16. Arabian Love Poems: Full Arabic and English Texts (Three Continents Press)

Author: by Nizar Qabbani
Three Continents Pr
English
225 pages

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Nizar Kabbani s poetry has been described as more powerful than all the Arab regimes put together (Lebanese Daily Star). Reflecting on his death in 1998, Sulhi Al-Wadi wrote (in Tishreen), Qabbani is like water, bread, and the sun in every Arab heart and house.

In his poetry the harmony of the heart, and in his blood the melody of love. Arabian Love Poems is the first English-language collection of his work. Kabbani was a poet of great simplicity direct, spontaneous, musical, using the language of everyday life.

He was a ceaseless campaigner for women s rights, and his verses praise the beauty of the female body, and of love. He was an Arab nationalist, yet he criticized Arab dictators and the lack of freedom in the Arab world.

He was the poet of Damascus: I am the Damascene. If you dissect my body, grapes and apples will come out of it. If you open my veins with your knife, you will hear in my blood the voices of those who have departed.

Frangieh and Brown s elegant translations are accompanied by the Arabic texts of the poems, penned by Kabbani especially for this collection.