Arab authors have long found a place in dystopian literature, though not with mainstream success with Western audiences, for the most part.
Syrian Songs, Proverbs, and Stories, 1902
I could almost hear my father or grandmother telling me these sorts of stories woven from oral tradition.
A jinn stole your wife. What would you do?
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.
Online Middle Eastern culture and lifestyle ‘zines
Online Middle Eastern culture and lifestyle 'zines
The Unexpected Love Objects of Dunya Noor
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.
More than a poet, more than “The Prophet”
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.
Middle Eastern Graphic Novels
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.
Indie Arab Journalism and News Sites (in multiple languages)
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.
Arab-x authors to read right now
Here's a list of some of my more recent Arab-x author reads, some of which will become future 2021 YMERC titles.
Award-winning Syrian author Shahla Ujayli’s “A Bed for the King’s Daughter” is an extraordinary short-story collection of 22 fictional tales.
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.