This page is dedicated to Arab writers
who choose the English language for
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The Rock of Tanios(Winner of the 1993 Prix Goncourt) Set in Lebanon in the 1800s, The Rock of Tanios is a tale that explores the
myth surrounding the life of Tanios. Maalouf combines history and fiction
to deliver a charming and touching story of love and betrayal.
The Gardens of Light Maalouf tells the (unusual) story of an ancient prophet, Mani, whose
doctrine transcended religious divisions and encouraged tolerance and love.
The struggles of Mani to spread his message at a time of war are recounted
eloquently. The result is a tale that touches on love, grief, cruelty and wit.
The Crusades Through Arab Eyes Malouf mixes history with personal reflections in this wonderful and concise book on the
Arab view of the Crusades. The author provides a lucid comparison between the crusades and current
political/social/economic environment in the Arab world.
An Egyptian Childhood
The Translator(Nominated for the Orange book prize in 2000) A wonderful and simple first novel, beautifully written.
A must read for people interested in cross-cultural marriages.
Gardens of the Night
Aisha Ahdaf Soueif's first novel is entertaining, lively and charming. The
relationships and experiences of characters that Aisha meets, growing up in
Egypt and Britain, are interwoven to create a surprisingly sexy novel, full
of wit, passion and grief.
The Map of Love(Nominated for the Booker Prize in 1999) In this novel the landscape of Egypt is beautifully brought alive
when an English lady not only falls in love with her colonial country,
but learns so much of its people, she embraces its culture wholeheartedly, and struggles
with its politics. Meanwhile we discover this intriguing liaison from a modern perspective,
and the reader's subjective position regarding Egypt and its colonial past is more keenly
challenged. Far more than just a love story, although its narrative is compelling, this is
a thoughtful piece of post-colonial writing.
A Border Passage In her provocative memoir, Leila Ahmed reflects on both her social and
political experiences as she moves from Egypt to Cambridge, Abu Dhabi and
the U.S. Through her contemplations on the cultural climate at each stage
of her journey, she explores the issue of identity. Brought up during the
Revolution in Egypt, Leila Ahmed reveals her perspectives on colonial and
post-colonial Egypt and Arab nationalism. Since her views stem largely from
her family's opposition to Nasser, her analysis, if brave, is highly
controversial. As her journey moves out of Egypt, she skilfully captures
her personal understanding of issues such as Islam, racism and feminism.