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Tales from the Mystical Middle East

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The Middle East with its rich history, culture, colours has fascinated explorers, travellers, enthusiasts from all over. From the magical Pyramids of Egypt to the towering skyscrapers of Dubai, from the mystical Petra in Jordan to the bazaars, spices, tapestries of Turkey, from the soul-stirring holy shrines of Israel to the bone-chilling war ravaged lands of Syria, Middle East has innumerable fascinating stories that need to be told.

Join us as we (intend to) fly in a magical carpet, dyed in pastel colours of the region, embellished with magical anecdotes, discussing books from the Middle East.

A few recommendations include,

In the Eye of the Sun by Ahdaf Soueif
Arabia, The Guld and the West by B. J. Kelly
Flight Against Time by Emily Nasrallah
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door by Etgar Keret
My Name is Salma and Willow Tress Don't Weep by Fadia Faqir
Footnotes in Gaza by Joe Sacco
Prespolis and Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service by Michael Bar-Zohar, Nissim Mishal
From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas Friedman
From the Holy Mountain by William Dalrymple
One Thousand and One Nights

Books by Elif Shafak and Orhan Pamuk from Turkey
Books by Amos Oz and Davis Grossman from Israel
Books by Naguib Mahfouz from Egypt