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  • Heart of Beirutby Samir Khalaf

    Saqi 2013; US$ 13.11

    The Bourj in central Beirut is one of the world?s oldest and most vibrant public squares. Named after the mediaeval lookout tower that once soared above the city?s imposing ramparts, the square has also been known as Place des Canons (after a Russian artillery build-up in 1773) and Martyrs? Square (after the Ottoman execution of nationalists in 1916).... more...

  • From the Mouth of the Whaleby Sjon; Victoria Cribb

    Saqi 2011; US$ 8.74

    The year is 1635. Iceland is a world darkened by superstition, poverty and cruelty. Men of science marvel over a unicorn's horn, poor folk worship the Virgin in secret and both books and men are burnt. Jonas Palmason, a poet and self-taught healer, has been condemned to exile for heretical conduct, having fallen foul of the local magistrate. Banished... more...

  • I Killed Scheherazadeby Joumana Haddad

    Saqi 2011; US$ 11.65

    Joumana Haddad is angry about the way Arab women are portrayed in the West. In I Killed Scheherazade she challenges prevalent notions of identity and womanhood in the Middle East and speaks of her own intellectual development and the liberating impact of literature on her life. Fiery and candid, this is a provocative exploration of what it means to... more...

  • Beyond the Veilby Fatema Mernissi

    Saqi 2011; US$ 20.40

    Does Islam as a religion oppress women? Is Islam against democracy? In this classic study, internationally renowned sociologist Fatema Mernissi argues that women?s oppression is not due to Islam as this religion in fact celebrates women?s power. Women?s oppression, she maintains, is due to the political manipulation of religion by powerseeking, archaic... more...

  • A Designated Manby Moris Farhi

    Saqi 2012; US$ 8.74

    Osip returns home to a remote island in theMediterranean, hoping that it will provide hima haven after the traumas of war. On his arrival, he narrowly escapes death at the hands of Bostan, a supreme feudist. The island, he discovers, is still governed by the archaic code of honour which has condemned the inhabitants to perpetual bloodshed and obliterated... more...

  • An Imam in Parisby Daniel L. Newman

    Saqi 2012; US$ 23.32

    In the 1820s, Rifa?a Rafi? al-Tahtawi, a young Muslim cleric, was a leading member of the first Egyptian educational mission to Paris, where he remained for five years, documenting his observations of European culture. His account, Takhlis al-Ibriz fi Talkhis Bariz, is one of the earliest and most influential records of the Muslim encounter with Enlightenment-era... more...

  • The Peace Processby Afif Safieh

    Saqi 2012; US$ 21.86

    Afif Safieh served as Palestinian General Delegate in London, Washington and Moscow from 1990 to 2009. During this time, he met and interacted with the leading figures of our times: from Yasser Arafat, John Major and Tony Blair; to Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush and Pope John Paul II. The Peace Process: From Breakthrough to Breakdown brings together... more...

  • The Blue Foxby Sjon; Victoria Cribb

    Saqi 2012; US$ 7.28

    The year is 1883. The stark Icelandic winter landscape is the backdrop. We follow the priest, Baldur Skuggason, on his hunt for the enigmatic blue fox. And just as the priest pulls the trigger we are swept away to the world of the naturalist Fridrik B. Fridriksson and his charge, Abba, who suffers from Down?s Syndrome. Found shackled to the timbers... more...

  • Where are the Snowsby Maggie Gee

    Saqi 2012; US$ 8.74

    Christopher and Alexandra?s passion for each other raises eyebrows and invites envy. This beautiful, blinkered couple do the unthinkable and run away from home, abandoning their two teenage children. Their sudden departure is an act of glorious wilfulness. Life in the countries they visit is nothing more than a backdrop to their love affair. Fifteen... more...

  • Modern Arabic Short Storiesby Ronak Husni; Daniel L. Newman

    Saqi 2012; US$ 18.94

    The stories collected here are by leading authors of the short story form in the Middle East today. In addition to works by writers already wellknown in the West, such as Idwar al-Kharrat, Fu?ad al-Takarli and Nobel Prize winner Najib Mahfuz, the collection includes stories by key authors whose fame has hitherto been restricted to the Middle East.... more...