• Biography: general

      Children of Catastrophe

      Journey from a Palestinian Refugee Camp to America

      by Jamal Kanj

      The remarkable story of a Palestinian refugee, following his - journey from childhood in a refugee camp in Lebanon, becoming - a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, - through to eventual emigration, a new life in the United - States, and a ær

    • Islam

      Al-Qushayri's Epistle on Sufism

      Al-risala Al-qushayriyya Fi 'Ilm Al-tasawwuf

      by Abu 'L-qasim Al-qushayri

      The author of the Epistle on Sufism, Abu 'l-Qasim al-Qushayri (376/986-465/1074), was a famous Sunni scholar and mystic (Sufi) from Khurasan in Iran. His Epistle is probably the most popular Sufi manual ever. Written in 437/1045, it has served as a primar

    • Memoirs

      Once Upon a Time in Jerusalem

      by Sahar Hamouda

      Once Upon a Time in Jerusalem tells the saga of a Palestinian family living in Jerusalem during the British mandate, and its fate in the diaspora following the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. The story is told by two voices: a mother, who wa

    • Historical fiction

      I Am Cyrus

      The Story of the Real Prince of Persia

      by Alexander Jovy

      This stunning novel brings to life the enthralling world of Cyrus the Great, the leader of Ancient Persia - the world's first great empire - and the life and times of Cyrus himself, a magnificent leader whose passion won the hearts of his subjects and of

    • Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
      August 2012

      The Knot in the Rug

      by Masoud Behnoud

      Masoud Behnoud’s The Knot in the Rug is an epic tale of life, love, loss and loyalty. The book’s heroine, a Persian princess named Khanoum, is forced to leave the comfort of her aristocratic Qajar home and flee for Europe. Born in 1900 Khanoum lives throu

    • Travel writing

      Tearing Up the Silk Road

      From China to Istanbul, Through Central Asia, Iran and the Caucasus

      by Tom Coote

      Tearing up the Silk Road is an irreverent travelogue, detailing a journey along the ancient trade routes from China to Istanbul, through Central Asia, Iran and the Caucasus. While rushing through from East to West, Tom Coote meets, befriends and argues wi

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