Welcome to The Reading List, a new occasional series where we provide some recommended reading on a topic!
We recently hosted journalist Robert Azzi here at the library for Ask A Muslim Anything. No question was off limits – and he answered many!
Azzi provided us with his list of recommended books that “bring people into the Middle East.” This list provides a broader set of experiences and perspectives and highlights authors who were born in the region.
Linked titles are available through Portsmouth Public Library.
The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf
Culture and Imperialism by Edward Said
Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes by Mir Tamim Ansary
The Fragrance of Faith by Jamal Rahman
Islam by Huston Smith (Edition published after 9/11)
(note: we have a DVD of the PBS show with Smith on Islam)
Orientalism by Edward Said
The Road to Mecca by Muhammad Asad
The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz
Gate of the Sun by Elias Khoury
The Journey of Ibn Fattumah by Naguib Mahfouz
Samarkand by Amin Maalouf
Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih
Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree by Tariq Ali
The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswani
Laura Horwood-Benton is PPL’s Public Programming & Community Relations Librarian. She enjoys literary and speculative fiction, vegan baking, drawing and traveling. If you have suggestions for future book reviews OR library events, email her at email@example.com.