Reviewed and Recommended

A Surgeon and a Maverick: The Life and Pioneering Work of Magdi Yacoub by Simon Pearson and Fiona Gorman (AUC Press, 2023).

On the occasion of World Transplant Day, 6 June 2024, Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals created this video ‘Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub on the 39th Anniversary of First Combined Heart and Lung Transplant in the UK’  

Mapping My Return: A Palestinian Memoir by Salman Abu Sitta (AUC Press, 2016)

Afikra’s podcast “This Is Not a Watermelon: Palestinian History & Culture” broadcast an episode entitled “A Realistic Plan of Return for Palestinians to Their Homeland” featuring author Salman Abu Sitta in conversation with Mikey Muhanna.

Time and Power in Azraq Refugee Camp: A Nine-to-Five Emergency by Melissa Gatter (AUC Press, 2023)

“The directness of the narrative makes the book an invaluable teaching tool, highlighted by poignant observations. . . . This book stands as a critical academic resource. Authored by a writer of Northern origin who masterfully adopts a Southern viewpoint, it not only enriches the discourse but also challenges conventional assumptions about the so-called future of camps.”—Hala Ghanem, Journal of Refugee Studies

Descendants of a Lesser God: Regional Power in Old and Middle Kingdom Egypt by Alejandro Jiménez-Serrano (AUC Press, 2023).

“The book is an exemplary study of historical analysis, considering all available evidence and employing approaches from various disciplines. . . . This multifaceted approach not only makes the book an enjoyable read but enhances understanding, supported by a variety of visual media.”—Antiquity

Palestinian Music in Exile

Palestinian Music in Exile: Voices of Resistance by Louis Brehony (AUC Press, 2023)

“[Brehony’s] analysis, incorporating unique language (Arabic and English) and theories . . . makes the book appealing to a diverse range of academic disciplines, including historians, social scientists, linguists, and music researchers engaged in post-colonialism, women’s studies, or modernization theories.”—Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies

The Jinn Daughter: A Novel by Rania Hanna (Hoopoe, 2024)

“Rania Hanna’s debut novel The Jinn Daughter is a lush and mesmerizing story of motherhood and magic”—ELLE

“[One of] 10 exciting books to read this summer . . . this vivid new mythological fantasy is . . . influenced by rich Middle Eastern mythology and storytelling.”—Book Riot

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