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4 Books By Arab Authors To Add To Your Holiday Reading List

Roula Khalaf is featured in Our Women on The Ground book of essays.

The holiday season is all about winding down from an eventful year, cozying up, kicking off your work shoes, lighting a scented candle and indulging in a good book. The ultimate way to relax, in our books, and what could be better than new books written by Arab authors? From topics including identity, war, coming of age and more, we’ve selected 4 must-read books that make for essential holiday reading…

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Our Women on The Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World (2019)

This collection of essays by female Arab journalists help provide an insight on the Arab region’s social and political conflicts. Each essay conveys an honest, and less Western, approach to coverage of the Arab world by women who reside in it and live within its realities.

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Khalil: A novel by Yasmina Khadra (2021)

Best-selling Algerian author, Yasmina Khadra, pens this poignant first-person account of a young Moroccan man’s participation in the terrorist attacks that shook France. Khalil is a daring account of a man who is struggling with thoughts about his faith, politics and family that happens to find his answers in all of the wrong places.

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The 100 Year War on Palestine by Rashid Khalidi (2020)

If you’re a history buff, this is the book that will get your mind cogs turning. Khalidi’s book documents the Palestinian conflict from the very beginning and is meticulously researched to point out the failures of the Palestinian and Arab leadership. The book is also an honest portrayal of Palestine’s colonial reality.

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The Beauty of Your Face by Sahar Mustafah (2020)

The Beauty Of Your Face tells the story of Afaf Rahman, a Palestinian woman and principal of a Muslim school for girls in suburban Chicago as she copes with the petrifying aftermath of a radicalized school shooter. The book flits between Rahman’s past and present as she is challenged with racism and xenophobia as a child amidst her sister’s shocking disappearance.

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