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Muslim Journeys: Points of View

The drama of conflict, chaos, and war come to Western readers in daily newspaper stories, but the news gives us scant details about how people live their lives in Islamabad, Fez, Cairo, or Tehran. Through the titles in 'Points of View,' readers will experience Islamic culture through memoirs and novels representing a diverse geography and some of the best works in contemporary storytelling.

 

In the Country of Men

Shortlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize, Matar's debut novel tracks the effects of Libyan strongman Khadafy's 1969 September revolution on the el-Dawani family, as seen by nine-year-old Suleiman, who narrates as an adult.

 

Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood
CT2678.M47 A3 1995x

'I was born in a harem in 1940 in Fez, Morocco...' So begins Fatima Mernissi in this exotic and rich narrative of a childhood behind the iron gates of a domestic harem. Mernissi weaves her own memories with the dreams and memories of the women who surrounded her in the courtyard of her youth - women who, deprived of access to the world outside, recreated it from sheer imagination.

 

Persepolis
PN6747.S245 Z46 2003x

Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution and the devastating effects of war with Iraq.

 

House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East
HQ663.9.S53 2012

In the summer of 2006, racing through Lebanon to report on the Israeli invasion, Anthony Shadid found himself in his family's ancestral hometown of Marjayoun. There, he discovered his great-grandfather's once magnificent estate in near ruins, devastated by war.

 

Broken Verses

Merging the personal with the political, Broken Verses is at once a sharp, thrilling journey through modern-day Pakistan, a carefully coded mystery, and an intimate mother-daughter story that asks how we forgive a mother who leaves.