A Turkish American Story: Selma Ekrem’s ‘Unveiled’

Ekrem’s is a story of displacement and self-realization—a story of reconciliation between Eastern and Western cultural codes within a transcultural space as she grows into independence as a woman and an immigrant. Continue reading A Turkish American Story: Selma Ekrem’s ‘Unveiled’

Hope and Resistance: A Door Between Us by Ehsaneh Sadr | Coming September 1, 2020

‘A Door Between Us’ is a poignant yet heartwarming reflection on the importance of breaking down barriers in an increasingly polarized, politicized world. It’s a contemporary novel that will remain relevant and inspiring for many decades to come. Continue reading Hope and Resistance: A Door Between Us by Ehsaneh Sadr | Coming September 1, 2020

So Long a Letter; So Long a History | Mariama Bâ, Muslimness, and Women’s Rights

Through Ramatoulaye’s reflections, Bâ highlights the institution of marriage as a structural symbol of the patriarchal system, in which asymmetrical gender relations are maintained and projected as part of the Islamic doctrine. Continue reading So Long a Letter; So Long a History | Mariama Bâ, Muslimness, and Women’s Rights

From Greece to Turkey: Children of War by Ahmet Yorulmaz

Children of War is one of the most important translated works released in 2020. Hassanaki’s story encourages us to resist the politics of demonization that breeds polarization and fear—fear of difference and of change. Continue reading From Greece to Turkey: Children of War by Ahmet Yorulmaz

Most Anticipated Books of 2020 (May-September)

Without a doubt, 2020 has been a testing time for all of us across the globe. Fortunately for us book lovers, the new decade has been packed with compelling debuts and stunning new titles. From The Magical Language of Others: … Continue reading Most Anticipated Books of 2020 (May-September)

A Feminism of One’s Own: Distant View of a Minaret by Alifa Rifaat

Alifa Rifaat’s stories are situated within an Islamic framework that allows her to create a feminism of her own. Since Islam and empowerment are often misguidedly placed in contradiction to one another, it’s easy to see why Rifaat is not a household name. Continue reading A Feminism of One’s Own: Distant View of a Minaret by Alifa Rifaat