The first post I saw was from Bibliojunkie who wrote about Middle Eastern Arab literature. I love the way she superimposed the book covers on the map of the Middle East!
The second post I read was from Stacked in which they "display" some of their favorite Middle Eastern Literature. Some of the books are set in Afghanistan and Pakistan, which I don't consider the Middle East, but they are great books, so I love the post!
As for me, here is my list of some of my favorites since I began blogging in the fall of 2009. As I look back at the list I see it is so easy to find books written about the Middle East that show the abuse, the "evils" of Islam etc. However, that isn't my knowledge of the Middle East. The people I know who live there are warm, generous, educated, and caring.
- Murder in the name of Honor by Rana Husseini (non-fiction. Covers all countries in the Middle East and some western countries and how they deal with Honor Killings)
- Between Two Worlds by Zainab Salbi (non-fiction. It is the story of growing up in Iraq with her father as Saddam Hussein's private pilot)
- I am Nujood: Age 10 and Divorced (non-fiction. This is the story of a young Yemeni girl's marriage, abuse, and divorce)
- The Caliph's House by Tahir Shah (non-fiction. The author wrote about his year of buying a house in Morocco and remodeling it)
- Barefoot in Baghdad by Manal M. Omar (non-fiction. Omar spent time living in Iraq and working for the non-profit Women for Women International just as the war broke out in 2003)
- Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa (adult fiction. This book follows one family's story during the 60 years of the Israel-Palestine conflict)
- The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan (non-fiction. This is really the story of a house that both an Israeli and a Palestinian family own and how it represents the conflict since 1948)
- Muslim Women Reformers by Ida Lichter (non-fiction. Covers all Middle Eastern countries and the women who are fighting for women's rights)
- Palestine by Joe Sacco (graphic novel based on Sacco's time as a reporter in Palestine)
- Cemetery of Dreams by S. Mostofi (adult fiction. This is a mystery set in Iran)
- Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea (fiction. This fun book shows what it's like for young women in Saudi Arabia)
- Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris (fiction. This is a mystery set in Saudi Arabia that does a wonderful job of showing Saudi society)