Recommended Reading

A compilation of some of the books and articles that I have found helpful in my education about the Middle East, organized chronologically by publication date.

Palestinian Refugees in International Law by Francesca P. Albanese and Lex Takkenberg (2020)

Apeirogon, A Novel by Colum McCann (2020)

In a Time of Monsters – Travels Through a Middle East in Revolt by Emma Sky (2019)

The Pianist of Yarmouk by Aeham Ahmad (2017) (English version 2019)

Unexpected Bride in the Promised Land by Iris Keltz (2017)

Ten Myths About Israel by Ilan Pappe (2017)

Employing the Enemy: The Story of Palestinian Labourers On Israeli Settlements by Matthew Vickery (2017)

I Was Told To Come Alone – My Journey Behind The Lines Of Jihad by Souad Mekhennet (2017)

The Anteater and the Jaguar – Is This Our Destiny? A Story from the Oasis of Peace by Rayek R. Rizek (2017)

On Anti-Semitism: Solidarity and the Struggle for Justice compiled by Jewish Voice for Peace (2017)

Fractured Lands – How the Arab World Came Apart by Scott Anderson (2017)

Witnesses of the Unseen – Seven Years in Guantanamo by Lakhdar Boumediene and Mustafa Ait Idir (2017)

The New Odyssey – The Story of the Twenty-First-Century Refugee Crisis — Patrick Kingsley (2017)

A Hope More Powerful Than The Sea – The Journey of Doaa Al Zamel — Melissa Fleming (2017)

Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War — Robin Yassin-Kassab, Leila Al-Shami (2016)

The Way to the Spring – Life and Death in Palestine — Ben Ehrenreich (2016)

A Path to Peace – A Brief History of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations and a Way Forward in the Middle East – George J. Mitchell (2016)

Dreaming of Freedom – Palestinian Child Prisoners Speak – Edited by Norma Hashim, Translated by Yousef M. Aljamal (2016)

Balcony on the Moon – Coming of Age in Palestine by Ibtisam Barakat (2016)

Generation Revolution – On the front line between tradition and change in the Middle East — Rachel Aspden (2016)

Jihadi John – The Making of a Terrorist by Robert Verkaik (2016)

My Journey into the Heart of Terror – Ten Days in the Islamic State by Jürgen Todenhöfer  (2016)

Bil’in and the Nonviolent Resistance – Iyad Burnat (2016)

The Girl Who Escaped ISIS – This is My Story – Farida Khalaf and Andrea C. Hoffman (2016)

Lawfare: Law as a Weapon of War by Orde F. Kittrie (2016)

Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart by Scott Anderson (2016)

Ghetto – The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea by Mitchell Duneier (2016)

The Blue Between Sky and Water by Susan Abulhawa (2015)

Being Arab by Samir Kassir (2015)

If the Oceans Were Ink by Carla Power (2015) and Islam: A Short History by Karen Armstrong (2000)

A Curious Land – Stories from Home by Susan Muaddi Darraj (2015)

Night in Gaza by Mads Gilbert (2015)

The 51 Day War – Ruin and Resistance in Gaza by Max Blumenthal (2015)

Language of War, Language of Peace by Raja Shehadeh (2015) 

Triumph of the Heart – Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World by Megan Feldman Bettencourt (2015)

From Cairo to Tel Aviv by Mamdouh Sakr (2015)

Listen, Yankee! Why Cuba Matters by Tom Hayden (2015)

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (2014)

Gaza – A History by Jean-Pierre Filiu (2014)

I Was Born There, I Was Born Here by Mourid Barghouti (2014)

Cairo: Memoir of a City Transformed by Ahdaf Soueif (2012, 2014)

Fields of Blood – Religion and the History of Violence by Karen Armstrong (2014)

My Promised Land – The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit (2013)

Understanding Syria: From Pre-Civil War to Post-Assad by William R. Polk (2013)

GAZA WRITES BACK – Short Stories from Young Writers in Gaza, Palestine, Refaat Alareer, Editor (2013)

What Do You Buy the  Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife? by David Harris-Gershon (2013) 

Meet Me In Gaza: Uncommon Stories of Life Inside the Strip by Louisa B. Waugh (2013)

The Permit Regime – Human Rights Violations in West Bank Areas Known as the “Seam Zone” by HaMoked (2013)

Fast Times in Palestine – Pamela J. Olson (2013)

Across That Bridge – Life Lessons and a Vision for Change – John Lewis (2012)

The Righteous Mind – Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion – Jonathan Haidt (2012)

The Making and Unmaking of a Zionist: A Personal and Political Journey – Antony Lerman (2012)

The Crisis of Zionism – Peter Beinart (2012)

The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian’s Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker – Sami Al Jundi and Jen Marlowe (2011) 

No More Enemies – Deborah A. Reich (2011)

What It Means to be Palestinian – Stories of Palestinian Peoplehood – Dina Matar (2011)

It’s Not Wrong, It’s Illegal – Noura Erakat (2011)

Morning in Jenin – Susan Abulhawa (2010)

The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak (2010)

Walking Israel: A Personal Search for the Soul of a Nation – Martin Fletcher (2010)

I Shall Not Hate – Izzeldin Abuelaish (2010)

This Time We Went Too Far’ – Norman Finkelstein (2010)

Midnight on the Mavi Marmara – The Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and How It Changed the Course of the Israel/Palestine Conflict – ed. Moustafa Bayoumi (2010)

Footnote in Gaza (graphic novel) – Joe Sacco (2009)

We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land – A Plan That Will Work – Jimmy Carter (2009)

Islam’s Fateful Path – The Critical Choices Facing Modern Muslims – Zidane Meriboute (2008)

Dreams and Shadows – The Future of the Middle East – Robin Wright (2008)

An Israeli In Palestine – Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel – Jeff Halper (2008)

Palestinian Walks – Notes on a Vanishing Landscape – Raja Shehadeh (2008)

Palestine Inside Out – An Everyday Occupation – Saree Makdisi (2008)

A Grave in Gaza – An Omar Yussef Mystery by Matt Beynon Rees (2008) 

How Does It Feel To Be A Problem? Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi (2007)

The Messenger – The Meanings of the Life of Muhammad by Tariq Ramadan (2007)

Palestine – A Personal History by Karl Sabbagh (2006)

One Country – A Bold Proposal To End The Israeli-Palestinian Impasse by Ali Abunimah (2006)

Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits (2005)

Auschwitz Report by Primo Levi (2006)

Reframing Anti-Semitism – Alternative Jewish Perspectives (2004)

Resurrecting Empire – Western Footprints and America’s Perilous Path in the Middle East by Rashid Khalidi (2004)

How Israel Lost – The Four Questions by Richard Ben Cramer (2004)

The Gun and the Olive Branch – The Roots of Violence in the Middle East by David Hirst (2003)

Reporting from Ramallah – An Israeli Journalist in an Occupied Land by Amira Hass (2003)

Bethlehem Diary – Living Under Siege and Occupation 2000 – 2002 by Toine van Teeffelen (2002)

The Yellow Wind by David Grossman (1988)

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