"It was about time the world saw Egypt not through a Western lens, but through an authentically Egyptian one."
A noir poem set in downtown Cairo, The Apartment in Bab el-Louk is a vignette of observations and thoughts of a recluse who peeps through their window at men yelling in the street or scurries through their neighborhood when needed.
What was most interesting was how Marguerite settled into her life as the wife of an Arab. She learned Arabic, respected the customs, and settled in living in the wadi, or valley, including using donkeys, selling items to tourists, and climbing up the jabal, or mountain.
There's more to Arab beauty and fashion than kohl-rimmed eyes and embroidered kaftans. Here are Arab-owned and operated beauty and fashion brands. Most are located in Arab countries but ship internationally.
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.
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.
Indie publishing houses of SWANA literature
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.
Here's a list of some of my more recent Arab-x author reads, some of which will become future 2021 YMERC titles.
Ahlan wa sahlan! Thank you for joining in with us in the Year of the Middle Eastern Reading Challenge (YMERC).