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Books about identity and the Middle East

Emma Goldman
 
In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story
In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story
"Amazing autobiography about a woman forced to leave Palestine as a child, relocate to England and find a place in the world as a woman without a homeland."
Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog from Iraq
Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog from Iraq
"Susan Sarandon - "Anyone who cares about the war in Iraq must read this book.""
Palestine
Palestine
"A wonderfully illustrated, humorous yet moving graphic novel about an American Jew who goes to discover the horrors of Israeli occupation. Explains the issues and history very succintly."
Being Arab
Being Arab
"In this book Kassir attacks both western double standards and islamic fundamentalism, calling on Arabs to reclaim their own identity for themselves. He was assassinated in Beirut in 2005."
A History of the Arab Peoples
A History of the Arab Peoples
"A comprehensive history of peoples constructed as an 'Other' in Eurocentric history."
Out of Place: A Memoir
Out of Place: A Memoir
"Edward Said, author of outstanding work Orientalism, recounts in his autobiography his early life as a boy in the Middle East, a boy with a profoundly English first name and a typically Arab surname."
Orientalism
Orientalism
"A landmark in academia. Just read it."
Age of Extremes : The Short Twentieth Century 1914-1991
Age of Extremes : The Short Twentieth Century 1914-1991
"This book does not specifically focus on the Middle East but is an outstanding introduction to world history and the extremely bloody twentieth century."
Secularism, Gender and the State in the Middle East: The Egyptian Women's Movement (Cambridge Middle East Studies)
Secularism, Gender and the State in the Middle East: The Egyptian Women's Movement (Cambridge Middle East Studies)
"A feminist look at secular activist movements in Egypt and an attempt to move post-colonial scholarship beyond binary oppositions between East and West and Orientalism and Occidentalism."
The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity
The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity
""There is little doubt that The Clash of Fundamentalisms is an angry but valuable response to the events that took place in the US on September 11, 2001." Jerry Brotton (Amazon review.)"
Hidden Agendas
Hidden Agendas
"Pilger recounts an amazing yet horrific expanse of history through his experiences as a journalist around the world with great radicalism, anger and eloquence."
I Saw Ramallah
I Saw Ramallah
""Intensely lyrical … Much of this beautifully written and evocative book is a lamentation on the conditions of exile."Guardian"
Unfortunately, it Was Paradise: Selected Poems
Unfortunately, it Was Paradise: Selected Poems
"One of the most important Arab poets, with this collection spanning over four decades of his career as the voice of the people."
In the Eye of the Sun
In the Eye of the Sun
"Edward Said described Ahdaf Soueif as "one of the most extraordinary chroniclers of sexual politics now writing". A story of love and war, sexuality and politics in modern Egypt and England."
What I Heard About Iraq
What I Heard About Iraq
"A majestic, intoxicating, prose-like poem, collecting quotes from diverse quarters regarding the Iraq war. Exposes the lies, hypocrisy and sheer brutality behind the invasion."
Enemy Combatant: A British Muslim's Journey to Guantanamo and Back
Enemy Combatant: A British Muslim's Journey to Guantanamo and Back
"The story of a British citizen, Moazzam Begg, who was imprisoned without charge in Guantanamo Bay until his release in 2005. A fight against injustice and illegal detention."
Woman at Point Zero
Woman at Point Zero
"The Valerie Solanas of Egypt. Extremely powerful feminist fiction which honestly depicts the terrible predicament of many women in North Africa and the Middle East."