Top 10 Best Books to Read in Middle Eastern Literature - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Middle Eastern Literature. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. The Architect's Apprentice: A Novel

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Middle Eastern Literature - August 2021

From the acclaimed author of The Bastard of Istanbul , a colorful, magical tale set during the height of the Ottoman Empire Chosen for Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall’s “Reading Room” Book Club In her latest novel, Turkey’s preeminent female writer spins an epic tale spanning nearly a century in the life of the Ottoman Empire. In 1540, twelve-year-old Jahan arrives in Istanbul. As an animal tamer in the sultan’s menagerie, he looks after the exceptionally smart elephant Chota and befriends (and falls for) the sultan’s beautiful daughter, Princess Mihrimah. A palace education leads Jahan to Mimar Sinan, the empire’s chief architect, who takes Jahan under his wing as they construct (with Chota’s help) some of the most magnificent buildings in history. Yet even as they build Sinan’s triumphant masterpieces—the incredible Suleymaniye and Selimiye mosques—dangerous undercurrents begin to emerge, with jealousy erupting among Sinan’s four apprentices. A memorable story of artistic freedom, creativity, and the clash between science and fundamentalism, Shafak’s intricate novel brims with vibrant characters, intriguing adventure, and the lavish backdrop of the Ottoman court, where love and loyalty are no match for raw power.

  • Author: Elif Shafak
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (March 31, 2015)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction


2. Harem: the European megaseller: new and revised edition (EPIC HISTORICAL FICTION)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Middle Eastern Literature - August 2021

'A page turner... this peek behind the walls of the seraglio will seduce lovers of large-scale historical fiction.' - Booklist Constantinople, 1520 To the outside world, the Sultan's harem was an oasis, a paradise of murmuring fountains and beautiful women. In reality it was a snake pit of jealousy, betrayal and murder. Behind the walls of the Topkapi palace, his harem was a virtual prison. The only way to a better life for any of his hundreds of concubines was to somehow find her way into the Sultan's bed and bear him a son. But one slave girl dreamed of far more than that. Roxelana didn't just want the great lord's favour; she wanted power. And she wanted revenge. This is the astonishing story of Suleiman, the one they called the Magnificent , and the woman he made his queen, in defiance of the centuries-old code of the Ottoman dynasty. From medieval Venice to the slave markets of Algiers, from the mountains of Persia to the forbidden seraglio of the Ottoman's greatest sultan, this is a tale of passion and intrigue in a world where nothing is really as it seems. '... a spectacular, haunting tale of malice, obsession and zeal set in the magnificent harem of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.' - Historical Novel Review 'Harem' was a runaway hit in Germany and has since been sold into 14 languages. This 2020 edition corrects previous transcription issues in the Kindle version Discover more Colin Falconer Epic History: Book 1: Silk Road Book 2: Harem Book 3: Colossus Book 4: Cleopatra: When We Were Gods Book 5: Aztec Book 6: Stigmata Book 7: East India

  • Author: Colin Falconer
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction



Top 10 Best Books to Read in Middle Eastern Literature - August 2021

London 1893: Two former Royal Artillery officers are offered a small fortune to go to Morocco to help the Sultan quell a rebel uprising in the south. Purely an advisory role, they are told. Harry Delhaze is on a lonely path to self-destruction; George Marriott has promises to keep. It seems to them like the easiest money they’ll ever make. They couldn’t be more wrong. They are forced to battle frostbite in the Atlas Mountains and endure the baking deserts of the sub-Sahara; they are traded, kidnapped, and used as pawns in high-stakes political rivalries; they encounter women who worship cannons for fertility and magician-warlords who talk to the dead and play bloody games of chess with living slaves; and the three muzzle-loading cannon the Sultan has hired them to command are antiques that could explode in their faces at any moment. Then there is the Lord of the Atlas himself, Amastan el-Karim, who harbors a shocking secret that could cost them both their lives – or give one of them a reason to live again. An epic historical adventure evoking the beautiful and the barbaric of nineteenth-century Morocco, transporting the reader to a now-lost world. From the grimy streets of Victorian London to the high Atlas Mountains and sub-Saharan deserts of Morocco, this is adventure on a breath-taking scale.

  • Publisher: Skyview Holdings (May 25, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction


4. The Prophet

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Middle Eastern Literature - August 2021

The Prophet is perhaps the most cherished inspirational and enlightening work in the world. Almustafa, the chosen and beloved, must leave the port of Orphalese upon the ship he has waited upon for 12 years. As he descends to the waterfront, the people of Orphalese gather to question him and hear his wisdom on important topics of their daily lives. Kahlil Gibran's masterpiece is a series of enlightening, philosophical answers to those questions. The inspirational and spiritual words of The Prophet , written in an almost Biblical, poetic style, reveal deep insights into each of the subjects in question. There are philosophies on love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, housing, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death. For many, this work provides a positive philosophy and a calm refuge andfor living life in today's harsh world.

  • Author: Chris MacDonnell
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Dramas & Plays, Regional & Cultural, Middle Eastern


5. The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights: Volume 1 (Penguin Classics)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Middle Eastern Literature - August 2021

The most significant translation in one hundred years of one of the greatest works of world literature   From Ali Baba and the forty thieves to the voyages of Sinbad, the stories of The Arabian Nights are timeless and unforgettable. Published here in three volumes, this magnificent new edition brings these tales to life for modern readers in the first complete English translation since Richard Burton’s of the 1880s.   Every night for three years the vengeful King Shahriyar sleeps with a different virgin, and the next morning puts her to death. To end this brutal pattern, the vizier's daughter, Shahrazad, begins to tell the king enchanting tales of mystical lands peopled with princes and hunchbacks, of the Angel of Death and magical spirits, and of jinnis trapped in rings and in lamps—a sequence of stories that will last 1,001 nights, and that will save her own life.

  • Author: Anonymous
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Illustrated edition (May 25, 2010)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-0140449389
  • Dimensions: 5.1 x 2 x 7.7 inches


6. Palace Walk: The Cairo Trilogy, Volume 1

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Middle Eastern Literature - August 2021

Volume I of the masterful Cairo Trilogy . A national best-seller in both hardcover and paperback, it introduces the engrossing saga of a Muslim family in Cairo during Egypt's occupation by British forces in the early 1900s.

  • Author: Naguib Mahfouz
  • Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (June 15, 2016)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction


7. The Illuminated Hafiz: Love Poems for the Journey to Light

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Middle Eastern Literature - August 2021

Winner of the Nautilus Awards 2020 in Gold: Gift & Specialty Vivid translations by Coleman Barks, Robert Bly, Omid Safi, Meher Baba, and others combine with Michael and Saliha Green's stunning illustrations to bring the immortal poetry of the great Persian master Hafiz to life “There is this matter of the light in my eyes. If you want to know the Friend, don’t expect elegant arguments! Demand a blessing from one who gives you joy.” ―Hafiz (tr. Barks) “Hafiz is without peer!” exclaimed Goethe. Known as “The Tongue of the Hidden Mysteries,” Shams al-Din Muhammad Hafiz of Shiraz is the most revered of Persian poets. When the Sun of Infinite Reality dawned in his being, he poured forth mystic verse so sublime it touched the hearts of kings and commoners alike. Hafiz’s poems of intimate divine love spread through the East in his lifetime, then into the West, influencing such luminaries as Emerson, Brahms, Queen Victoria, Nietzsche, and Garcia Lorca. Today, nearly 700 years after his death, the unmatched genius and bold wit of Hafiz continues to ignite hearts and intoxicate souls everywhere. The Illuminated Hafiz brings together vivid translations by Coleman Barks, Robert Bly, Omid Safi, Meher Baba, Peter Booth, and others with the luminous art of Michael and Saliha Green, weaving them into a stunning contemporary presentation in the tradition of classical Persian illuminated manuscripts and unveiling the mysteries of the path of love. Come, raise a cup! Join with Hafiz and his incomparable love poems in a holy revel on the journey into light.

  • Author: Hafiz
  • Publisher: Sounds True (November 12, 2019)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-1683643425
  • Dimensions: 8.41 x 0.69 x 10.42 inches


8. Arabic Short Stories for Beginners: 20 Captivating Short Stories to Learn Arabic & Increase Your Vocabulary the Fun Way! (Easy Arabic Stories)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Middle Eastern Literature - August 2021

Are you looking for a fun and effective way to grow your Arabic language skills? Some languages can be a real challenge to learn, and Arabic is definitely no exception. After all, it’s not easy to find easy, fun and accessible reading material in Modern Standard Arabic that caters to ALL audiences. However, this book has been created to change that. A beautiful, enchanting and ancient language spoken by over 420 million people worldwide, Arabic is a language that will allow you to build your professional career and open up the world for you. Modern Standard Arabic, which we will deal with in this book, is the standardized, literary Arabic that is used in print and mass media. The Arabic world is known for its excellent storytelling. Because of this, in this book we have compiled 20 easy-to-read, compelling and fun stories that will allow you to expand your vocabulary and give you the tools to improve your grasp of the wonderful Arabic tongue. How Arabic Short Stories for Beginners works: Each chapter possesses a funny, interesting and thought-provoking story based on real-life situations, allowing you to learn a bit more about the Arabic culture. The summaries follow a synopsis in Arabic and in English of what you just read, both to review the lesson and for you to see if you understood what the tale was about. Use them if you’re having trouble. At the end of those summaries, you’ll be provided with a list of the most relevant vocabulary involved in the lesson, as well as slang and sayings that you may not have understood at first glance! Don’t get lost trying to understand or pronounce it all, either, as all of the vocabulary words are translated for your ease of use! Finally, you’ll be provided with a set of tricky questions in Arabic, allowing you the chance to prove that you learned something in the story. Whether it’s true or false, or if you’re doing the single-answer questions, don’t worry if you don’t know the answer to any — we will provide them immediately afterwards, but no cheating! We want you to feel comfortable while learning the tongue; after all, no language should be a barrier for you to travel around the world and expand your social circles! So look no further! Pick up your copy of Arabic Short Stories for Beginners and level up your Arabic language learning right now!

  • Author: Lingo Mastery
  • Publisher: Lingo Mastery (July 14, 2021)
  • Genre: Travel, Africa
  • ISBN: 978-1951949396
  • Dimensions: 7 x 0.59 x 10 inches


9. Words Under the Words: Selected Poems (A Far Corner Book)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Middle Eastern Literature - August 2021

Words Under the Words gathers into a single volume the finest poems by one of the most exciting, accessible poets in America today. This long-awaited collection draws from Naomi Shihab Nye's three critically acclaimed books: Different Ways to Pray, Yellow Glove, and National Poetry Series winner, Hugging the Jukebox.

  • Author: Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Publisher: The Eighth Mountain Press; 1st edition (October 1, 1994)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-0933377295
  • Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches


10. Rumi's Quotes

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Middle Eastern Literature - August 2021

This book is a treasure. " What you seek is seeking you. The true reality is right in front of you, though hidden. You need only turn on the light of awareness, banish the illusions, and find peace in wisdom." Rumi Quotes is a guidebook for that journey.

  • Author: Burhan Unver
  • Publisher: Independently published (May 8, 2019)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, World Literature
  • ISBN: 978-1097365951
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.19 x 9 inches