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Arabic book from the 10th century

Abu-Lughod, Lila. Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000.

Accad, Evelyne. The Excised. Colorado Springs: Three Continents Press, 1989.

Ahmed, Leila. A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence, from the Middle East to America. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2011.

Al-Shaykh, Hanan. The Story of Zahra. New York: Anchor Books, 1986.

Al-Shaykh, Hanan. Only in London. New York: Pantheon Books, 2001.

Arat, Yesim. Rethinking Islam and Liberal Democracy: Islamist Women in Turkish Politics. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2005.

Atiya, Nayra. Khul-Khaal: Five Egyptian women tell their stories. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1982.

El Azhary Sonbol, Amira. Gulf Women. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2012.

El Azhary Sonbol, Amira. Women, the Family, and Divorce Laws in Islamic History. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1996.

El Azhary Sonbol, Amira. Beyond The Exotic: Women’s Histories in Islamic Societies. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2005.

Badr, Liyanah. A Balcony over the Fakihani. Northampton: Interlink Books, 2002.

Badran, Margot and Cooke, Miriam. Opening the Gates: An Anthology of Arab Feminist Writing. Eds. 2ed. Edition. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004.

Barakat, Hoda. The Stone of Laughter. New York: Interlink Books, 1995.

Baron, Beth. The Woman’s Awakening in Egypt: Culture, Society, and the Press. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997.

Baron, Beth. Egypt as a Woman: Nationalism, Gender and Politics. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2005.

Cooke, Miriam. Women Claim Islam: Creating Islamic Feminism Through Literature. New York: Routledge, 2001.

Daneshvar, Simin. Savushun: A Novel About Modern Iran. Washington, DC: Mage Publishers, 1991.

El Saadawi, Nawal. The Fall of the Imam. London: Saqi Books, 2002.

El Saadawi, Nawal. The Innocence of the Devil. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994.

Faqir, Fadia. Ed., In the House of Silence: Autobiographical Essays by Arab Women Writers. London: Garnet Publishing, 1998.

Friedl, Erika. Women of Deh Koh:  Lives in an Iranian Village. New York: Penguin Books, 1991.

Habiby, Emile. The Secret Life of Saeed the pessoptimist. Northampton: Interlink Books, 2003.

Ismail, Aquila. Of Martyrs And Marigolds. North Charleston: CreateSpace, 2011.

Karim, Jamillah A. American Muslim Women: Negotiating Race, Class, and Gender within the Ummah. New York: New York University Press, 2008.

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. The Turkish Embassy Letters. London: Virago Press, 1996.

Mahfouz, Naguib. Midaq Alley. New York: Anchor Books, 1992.

Mamdouh, Alia. Loved Ones. US: Feminist Press, 2007.

Mattu, Ayesha, Maznavi, Nura eds. Love, InshAllah. Berkeley: Soft Skull Press, 2012.

Mernissi, Fatima. Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood. US: Perseus Books, 1995.

Mernissi, Fatima. Scheherazade Goes West. US: Washington Square Press, 2001.

Mernissi, Fatima. The Veil and the Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation of Women’s Rights in Islam. Trans. Mary Jo Lakeland. New York: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1991.

Mernissi, Fatima. Women’s Rebellion & Islamic Memory. London: Zed Books, 1996.

Milani, Farzaneh. Veils and Words, the Emerging Voices of Iranian Women Writers. London: I.B. Tauris & Co Ltd., 1992.

Mosteghanemi, Ahlam. Memory in the Flesh. Cairo: AUC Press, 2003.

Nafisi, Azar. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books. New York: Random House Inc., 2004.

Nawwab, Nimah Ismail. Canvas of the Soul: Mystic Poems from the Heartland of Arabia. New Jersey: Tughra Books., 2012.

Parsipur, Shahrnush. Women Without Men: A Novel of Modern Iran. New York: The Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 2004.

Rohan, Deborah. The Olive Grove: A Palestinian Story. London: Saqi, 2008.

Sabbagh, Suha. Ed. Arab Women: Between Defiance and Restraint. Northampton: Olive Branch Press, 2003.

Samman, Ghada. Beirut ’75. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1995.

Shakir, Evelyn. Bint Arab: Arab and Arab American Women in the United States. Westport: Praeger Publishers, 1997.

Simin Behbahani, A Cup of Sin: Selected Poems. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2000.

Thompson, Elizabeth. Colonial Citizens: Republican Rights, Paternal Privileges, and Gender in French Syria and Lebanon. New York: Columbia University Press, 2000.

One Comments to “Recommended Books”
  1. Deb Reich says:

    Wow – what a great idea. Especially what seems to be the emphasis on bringing non-Western women authors to Western, English-speaking women readers… Thanks for this resource.

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