New title: Yemen in Crisis by Helen Lackner

Yemen in Crisis: Autocracy, Neo-Liberalism and the Disintegration of a State is our latest title, shedding light on the struggle for power in the Arab world’s poorest but strategically vital nation. Join us at the London Middle East Institute SOAS on 14 November 2017 to hear author Helen Lackner discuss the causes and consequences of Yemen’s most severe crisis ever. Free admission and open to all, with further details available here.

Win a Signed Copy

Enter via Goodreads to win a signed copy of John McHugo’s A Concise History of Sunnis and Shi‘is, published this week.


Palestine Book Awards 2017 Shortlist – Laila Parsons

We’re absolutely delighted to announce that The Commander: Fawzi Al-Qawuqji and the fight for Arab Independence 1914-1948 by Laila Parsons has been shortlisted for the Palestine Book Awards. In The Commander, Laila Parsons explores the dramatic story of Fawzi Al-Qawuji’s endless battle for Arab independence and unity. The rest of the shortlisted titles can be seen here, and the winners will be announced on Friday 24 November at an Awards dinner at the Hilton London Paddington Hotel.

Alberto Manguel announced winner of the Formentor de las Letras Prize 2017

We’re overjoyed to share the news that Argentine-Canadian writer Alberto Manguel has won the prestigious Formentor de las Letras Prize 2017, worth €50,000. His illustrious careers spans many years, during which he shared a personal and intellectual relationship with Jorge Luis Borges. The unanimous decision of the judges recognised the importance of Manguel’s work and his passion to support ‘the great universal library’.

Further information here.

Giles Duley and the Guardian join forces for event The Refugee Crisis: Stories from the Frontline

To mark the launch of Giles Duley’s photography collection, I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See, The Observer are holding a timely discussion on ‘The Refugee Crisis: Stories from the Frontline’. Giles will speak about documenting the Syrian refugee crisis alongside Hassan Akkad, Syrian refugee and film maker, Sybella Wilkes, senior communications officer for the UNHCR and the Guardian’s international affairs correspondent, Emma Graham-Harrison. The event will take place on Thursday 29 June 2017, 7pm–8.30pm at the Guardian, London. Tickets are £15 and can be booked via the following link.

Congratulations, Mohammed Hasan Alwan and Dar Al Saqi: International prize for Arabic fiction 2017 WINNER

Congratulations to Dar Al Saqi and Saudi author, Mohammed Hasan Alwan, who has won the International prize for Arabic fiction for A Small Death, his fictional account of the life of Sunni scholar Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi. A Small Death was selected from a six-book shortlist, and will now receive additional funding for an English translation. Chair of judges, Sahar Khalifeh, emphasised the book’s ‘striking artistry’ and ‘captivating language’. The award was announced on Tuesday 25 April 2017.