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Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World by Robin Wright (2011)

Award-winning journalist and television commentator Robin Wright, who has covered the Muslim world for over four decades, expertly captures the political awakenings of the recent Arab Spring in her latest book. Wright provides both the historical context for the rebellions sweeping the Middle East as well as keen insight into the newly empowered Muslim youth culture in what Publisher’s Weekly calls “a riveting account for readers looking to learn more about the post-9/11 Islamic world.”

I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of an Angry Arab Woman by Joumana Haddad (2011)

Poet, translator and journalist, Joumana Haddad launched the Arab world’s first erotic cultural magazine, Jasad (“Body”) in 2008 causing one newspaper to crown her “The Carrie Bradshaw of Beirut.” In this passionate manifesto, Haddad challenges the pervasive stereotypes of women and sexuality in the Middle East.

Secret Son by Laila Lalami (2009)

Moroccan-born writer Laila Lalami has set her debut novel, Secret Son, in the slums of Casablanca where Youssef, the young protagonist, struggles to find his way out and is caught up in a web of family lies and political intrigue. The Los Angeles Times called Lalami’s depiction of Moroccan life “both sensitive and startling.”

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