This story hit me hard. I expected it to be good, but it was so much more than that. It was...a beautiful piece of literature that outlines the life of a Palestinian girl, Deya, age 18, being forced into an arranged marriage.
A wonderful read! I felt like I was listening to my baba's stories from his childhood in Syria...
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.
...to celebrate the books that are published and that are MidEast-inspired, I’m crowning 2020 the Year of the Middle East Reading Challenge (YMERC).
Ahlan wa sahlan! Thank you for joining in with us in the Year of the Middle Eastern Reading Challenge (YMERC).
"We’re all living in one big cage...The cage is open, but nobody leaves…We all have to leave the cage together."
Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi, translated by Jonathan Wright The book features a living corpse, stitched together of different blown-up body parts and made into a what’s-its-name that claims to be on a “grand mission in order to punish, with the help of God and Heaven, all criminals and eventually do justice on Earth.” From the rubble-strewn streets … Continue reading 3 Arab (English-translated) Halloween Reads
Ahlan wa sahlan! Thank you for joining in with us in the Year of the Middle Eastern Reading Challenge(YMERC).
From Algeria to Lebanon, these are the films to watch