Recommended Books by and about Arab Women

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, FadiaThe 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.