I am always asked for a list of books that are “must reads” by and about Arab women. I’m including a list below — it is an update of the list I usually hand out at my talks and readings. It is by no means complete! Email me if you have an addition or suggestion.
Abdulhadi, Rabab and Evelyn Asultany. Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, and Belonging
Aboulela, Leila. The Translator and Minaret
AbuJaber, Diana. Arabian Jazz, Life Without a Recipe, The Language of Baklava, and Crescent
Ahmed, Leila. Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate and A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence, from the Middle East to America.
Barakat, Hoda. The Stone of Laughter
Faqir, Fadia. The Cry of the Dove and Pillars of Salt
Haddad, Joumana. I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman
Handal, Nathalie. The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology
Jarrar, Randa. Him, Me, Muhammad Ali and The Map of Home
Jensen, Kim. The Woman I Left Behind.
Lalami, Laila. The Moor’s Account and Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits
Maznavi, Nura and Ayesha Mattu. Love, Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women
Naber, Nadine. Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism
Serageldin, Samia. The Cairo House.