Arab authors have long found a place in dystopian literature, though not with mainstream success with Western audiences, for the most part.
I could almost hear my father or grandmother telling me these sorts of stories woven from oral tradition.
There was a man and a woman, married for years who were wise to believe in the evil eye. They knew spirits that were made of smoke, not flesh, roamed the earth, looking for ways to cause mischief.
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The Unexpected Love Objects of Dunya Noor is the love story to Syria and her people, to her complex and rich history, her poignant present, and her hopeful future.
Once published in Depression-era America, The Prophet provided an Arabian escapism. And by the late '50s, the book sold a million copies. To this date, it's estimated that 100 million copies have been sold since its publication.
Graphic novels are an intriguing way to showcase flavor, culture, history, and humanity. They're typically more digestible in one sitting than novels, and can have alluring artwork that features not just an artist's style, but the culture they represent. Here are some graphic novels that feature Arab culture and created by Arab-x authors and/or illustrators.
Forget Al Jazeera and WATAN, indie Arab journalism and news sites exist. Best part: they're honest and human. Here are some sites I've come across and some I follow.
Here's a list of some of my more recent Arab-x author reads, some of which will become future 2021 YMERC titles.
Labeled as “too short” or “not Arab enough,” Hussain said that the collection went beyond what was on the page, inspiring readers to explore what was unsaid and unwritten.