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Struggling to pick your next book over Ramadan? The New Arab has compiled a guide of must-read Muslim stories from across the literary spectrum.

From across the literary spectrum, Sarah Shaffi picks her favourite reads for you to delve into during the month of Ramadan.

The Ordinary Chaos of Being Human

Aishat Yusuff

The Ordinary Chaos of Being Human

Book Club: Marguerite Richards' anthology of global Muslim voices is a honest recollection of the human experience. From chaos to peace, subjugation to freedom, the 34 personal essays reveal all.

Of Necessity and Wanting: A kaleidoscopic portrayal of Karachi

Rabeea Saleem

Of Necessity and Wanting: A kaleidoscopic portrayal of Karachi

Book Club: Sascha Akhtar's novel is a collection of interconnected short stories about three different women set in Pakistan's ...

Silence Is a Sense: War, migration, trauma and healing

Nahrain Al-Mousawi

Silence Is a Sense: War, migration, trauma and healing

Book Club: Silence Is a Sense is a poignant and profound story of a Syrian refugee left so traumatised by war and migration ...

Diana Alghoul

Exploring generational trauma with The Arsonists' City

Book club: The Arsonists' City is a gripping novel about an Arab-American family facing its trauma and demons after taking a reluctant trip to Lebanon

Henrietta Wilson

We Are Bellingcat: The emergence and growth of OSINT

Book Club: We Are Bellingcat details an insider's account of the emergence and growth of OSINT and new forms of citizen ...

Chris Doyle

Red Line: The use of chemical weapons in Syria

Book Club: Joby Warrick's new book takes a detailed look at the use of chemical weapons in Syria and the ...

Aisha Yusuff

Eman Quotah's Bride of the Sea

Book Club: Eman Quotah's Bride of the Sea is a truly striking debut that explores Middle Eastern-immigrant story in a delicate ...

The Islamic State in Britain

Sadek Hamid

The Islamic State in Britain

Book Club: Michael Kenney's The Islamic State in Britain: Radicalization and Resilience in an Activist Network uses a social ...

Tahmina Begum

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Sonia Nimr's Wondrous Journeys in Strange Lands

Ramona Wadi

Sonia Nimr's Wondrous Journeys in Strange Lands

Book Club: Sonia Nimr's fantastical story reads like a series of folktales in which the circles of life come together when the ...

Ahmet Seyhun's Competing Ottoman Ideologies

Usman Butt

Ahmet Seyhun's Competing Ottoman Ideologies

Book Club: Ahmet Seyhun's Competing Ideologies in the Late Ottoman Empire and Early Turkish Republic tackles the topics of ...

Hoda Barakat's Voices of The Lost

Tahmina Begum

Hoda Barakat's Voices of The Lost

Book Club: Winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2019, Voices of the Lost, is celebrated Lebanese writer Hoda ...

Except for Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics

Nahrain Al-Mousawi

Except for Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics

Book Club: Except for Palestine unpacks the exceptional nature of policies toward Palestine in the US.

Sadek Hamid

Is 'European Islam' the future of Western Muslim identity?

Book Club: In his new study, Hashas makes a major contribution to the debate about Muslim identities in Europe by surveying the thoughts of some leading thinkers.

Ramona Wadi

Palestinian exile and resistance: There Where You Are Not

Book Club: There Where You Are Not offers an incredible glimpse into the experience of history as a Palestinian, and as the ...

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Muslim boy, 4, referred to Prevent 'after discussing Fortnite'

The boy – from west-central England – was referred to the Prevent scheme in September 2019 after speaking about a game of Fortnite at an after ...

Giovanni Vimercati

Togo Mizrahi: The stateless pioneer of Egyptian cinema

Book Club: Togo Mizrahi's extraordinary life story and films are unearthed in a new book by Deborah Starr.

Life as a Unicorn by Amrou Al-Kadhi

Fatima Kried

Life as a Unicorn by Amrou Al-Kadhi

Book Club: Amrou Al-Kadhi's award-winning memoir is a poignant and moving story about the author's fight to be true to ...

Sophia Akram

Liberating Palestine: The roadmap to a one-state democracy

Book Club: Jeff Halper argues that the only way to decolonise Palestine is to dismantle Israeli structures of domination and ...

Revolt Against the Sun: When the political is personal

Nahrain Al-Mousawi

Revolt Against the Sun: When the political is personal

Book Club: Nazik al-Mala'ika was one of the most important Arab poets of the twentieth century. Revolt Against the Sun ...

The best books by Arab authors in 2020

Elias Jahshan

The best books by Arab authors in 2020

Book Club: From fiction to insightful memoirs and social commentary, The New Arab rounds up some of the best books written by ...

Hijab and Red Lipstick by Yousra Imran

Diana Alghoul

Hijab and Red Lipstick by Yousra Imran

Book Club: In Hijab and Red Lipstick, Yousra Imran alchemises her trauma into a semi-autobiographical novel that was hard to ...

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