Book reviews

Booker Prize 2023: Authors shortlist revealed
Two Irish authors made the shortlist, as well as three from North America and a Briton
September 21, 2023, 8:25 PM
New book reveals brutal toll of Lebanon's Great Famine
The famine of 1915-1918 has seen a resurgence of interest in recent years, and is the subject of Dublin writer Tylor Brand's book
August 15, 2023, 2:08 PM
The End Is At Hand: A dark yet humorous look at the history of apocalyptic prophecies
Written and illustrated by a professor at the American University in Dubai, the book brings together 60 cataclysmic stories
Art & Design
February 20, 2023, 3:01 AM
Celebrated historian William Dalrymple says India is in the midst of a cultural war
Multi-award winning author says history is open for revision but there is no place for bigotry
January 27, 2023, 6:00 PM
25 Days to Aden: How UAE forces helped defend the Yemeni city from terror
Counterinsurgency operations stopped attacks in their tracks as military leaders protected the vital port
January 11, 2023, 12:23 PM
Debut author George Jreije creates Harry Potter-style world with an Arab twist
Lebanese-American writer has released Shad Hadid and the Alchemists of Alexandria
December 04, 2022, 6:19 AM
When Scottish painter James McBey met Faisal I of Iraq
An excerpt from Shadows and Light, journalist and filmmaker Alasdair Soussi's biography of the artist who witnessed some defining moments in modern Arab history while painting portraits of T E Lawrence and the future king
November 28, 2022, 2:35 PM
Celebrated architect Suad Amiry’s non-fiction debut is a history of Palestinian heartache
Award-winning author and architect pays homage to her father and his hometown of Jaffa in her first work of fiction
November 23, 2022, 7:50 AM
Zeina Hashem Beck’s latest poetry collection ‘O’ takes personal charm universal
The Lebanese writer is the first Arab poet to be published in Penguin’s renowned series
October 30, 2022, 4:18 AM
Egyptian writer Iman Mersal's latest poetry collection walks 'The Threshold'
Drawn from her four first poetry books, the new selection spans a sweeping set of themes and styles
October 18, 2022, 3:46 AM
Author Saeed Teebi explores Palestinian identity with his debut collection of stories
'Her First Palestinian' will be launched at the Toronto Palestine Film Festival this week
September 21, 2022, 4:11 AM
Hisham Bustani: flow is very important in my writing, and Arabic flows as a language
Jordanian author's latest short story collection has been translated into English and is being turned into an Arabic graphic novel next month
August 27, 2022, 4:48 AM
'The Last White Man': Mohsin Hamid says new novel reflects on being Muslim after 9/11
The author, of 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' fame, also discusses his creative process, identity and prejudices faced following the 2001 attacks
August 05, 2022, 11:26 AM
Meet the Muslim world's forgotten female explorers
Seven years in the making, 'Three Centuries of Travel Writing by Muslim Women' honours the intrepid females who travelled the world — often in the face of adversity
August 02, 2022, 3:46 PM
From 'bookstagram' to book club: how two women are sharing their love for reading
Farah and Deema Al Alami are the cousins behind Al Alami Book Club, which has more than 700 members from around the world
June 15, 2022, 9:30 AM
Gaza-set novel 'Come What May' reveals many complexities in the isolated enclave
The book is the second by Palestinian writer and director Ahmed Masoud
May 18, 2022, 8:57 AM
Medieval recipes and culinary secrets in Egyptian cookbook ‘The Sultan’s Feast’
Marmalade and fish and chips may well have their origins in Arab kitchens
April 20, 2022, 6:33 AM
What to expect from Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim's exhibition at Venice Biennale 2022
The National Pavilion UAE will also release a companion publication to the pioneering artist's work titled Between Sunrise and Sunset
April 18, 2022, 11:07 AM
'Stolen Focus' review: Johann Hari demands our attention in his unsettling new book
The former journalist tackles our growing inability to concentrate and offers up possible solutions
March 16, 2022, 4:27 AM
Author Honoree Fanonne Jeffers on delivering a Great American Novel
Poet and author spent nine years writing 'The Love Songs of WEB Du Bois', which has been praised by the likes of Pultizer Prize-winning writer Alice Walker
February 03, 2022, 4:17 AM