The Middle East basks in World Book Day 2014: Titles to tempt Arab-curious bookworms
The first Thursday of March is World Book Day, a yearly event organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright. What started in 1995 as a single day has ballooned into a week - and sometimes month! - long series of international book-based happenings to encourage us to step away from the keyboard and drop that remote control. Use the event as an excuse to tuck into some new reads; what better way to crack the incomprehensible nut that’s called the Middle East? Continue reading below »
Well, for starters you might look to the Old and New Testaments and Quran to derive some conclusions about the origins of MidEast troubles. Grand old tomes, all - but World Book Day aims to broaden our literary appetites - incite us to pick up something new, experience a new point of view.
While the subject of the Middle East is too complex, fascinating and controversial to be reduced to a single title (however brilliant and well-marketed), you can self-educate with a short stack of essential books that cover a broad range of themes and perspectives.
Check out these books - as accessible to casual readers as they're enlightening for experts - listed in no particular order. And let us know your pick for the best book to boost appreciation for this zip code called the Middle East.