Further Reading

cover of Rumi: Gardens of the Beloved

Mid Eastern Literature

Rumi: Gardens of the Beloved
A selection of 150 quatrains depicting "the delicate stages of our spiritual journey" from the celebrated Sufi mystic and poet.

Rumi: The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing
The ecstasies and mysteries of divine, platonic, and erotic love are explored in this volume of poetry.

The Essential Rumi
Organized thematically (Bewilderment, Emptiness and Silence, etc.) this beautifully translated collection of poems brings to life the range and depth of Rumi's work.

Seen and Heard: A Century of Arab Women in Literature and Culture
Mona Mikhail
In this collection of essays, New York University professor Mikhail explores the ways that literature, film, and popular cultural have shaped the lives of Arab women.

Women and Words in Saudi Arabia: The Politics of Literary Discourse
Saddeka Arebi
Arebi considers the works of nine contemporary Saudi women writers and explores their influence on Arabic cultural discourse.

Arabic Literature: An Overview
Pierre Cachia
Cachia's anthology is designed to give readers a "rounded and balanced view of Arab literary creativity, past and present."

Night and Horses and the Desert: An Anthology of Classical Arabic Literature
Culled from eleven centuries of Arabic literature, this ambitious anthology is an excellent introduction to the vitality and depth of Arabic poetry and prose. Extensive commentary and notes about the history of Arabic literature are also included.

The Subject Tonight is Love: 60 Wild and Sweet Poems
A collection of verse from the beloved Persian mystical poet.

Drunk on the Wine of the Beloved: 100 Poems of Hafiz
In these poems Hafiz uses wine and drinking as a metaphor to express his love of God.

Post-Gibran Anthology of New Arab American Writing
This vibrant, eclectic anthology includes new and previously unpublished poems, essays, short stories, and excerpts from novels and journals from a generation of writers who are using their work to explore the concept of "Arabness."

Prophet: The Life and Times of Kahlil Gibran
Robin Waterfield
A fascinating profile of Kahil Gibran, the Lebanese mystic poet who inspired the New Age movement.

The Prophet
Kahil Gibran
Since it was published in 1923, Gibran's allegorical guide to living has launched millions of journeys of self-discovery.

Mirrors of the Soul
Kahlil Gibran
A selection of poems and prose and a brief biographical study of Gibran.

E-mails from Scheherazad
Mohja Kahf
Kahf's carefully crafted, witty poems offer a glimpse into the world of Arabs who are new to America and "the myriad conundrums and frustrations of Muslim women's lives."

The Flag of Childhood: Poems from the Middle East
An anthology of 60 poems by celebrated writers from Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, Israel, Bahrain, Jordan, Syria, Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.