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Sumaiyya Naseem


Sumaiyya Naseem is a Bookstagrammer and freelance writer and editor who specialises in Middle Eastern and Muslim stories. In 2019 she joined the Reading Women Podcast as a guest contributor to talk about South Asian and Middle Eastern narratives

Book Club: Delving into family trauma and cultural expectations, Sairish Hussain's 'Hidden Fires' is a poignant take on the British South Asian experience.

14 February, 2024

Book Club: Seldom explored in Muslim literature, Kasim Ali's debut novel explores one of the more distasteful aspects of the British South Asian community: anti-Black prejudice. With urgent themes throughout, Good Intention is a conversation starter.

30 March, 2022

Award-winning journalist Delphine Minoui's latest book is a searing account of how Syrian rebels utilised underground libraries as places of shelter and bases for resistance whilst fighting against the Assad regime in the Syrian city of Daraya.

18 August, 2021

Book Club: Leila Rafei's debut novel Spring is a stunning work that exemplifies the kind of stories we need to read and write about in the Arab world.

11 May, 2021

Struggling to pick your next book over Ramadan? The New Arab has compiled a guide of must-read Muslim stories from across the literary spectrum.

21 April, 2021

Book Club: Susan Abulhawa's award-winning third novel is a compelling and emotive contemplation of the Palestinian struggle.

26 November, 2020

Book Club: Sahar Khalifeh's novel is a groundbreaking exploration of freedom, identity and nationhood, told through the experiences of Palestinian women.

17 July, 2020

#IWD2020: For International Women's Day we list some female Muslim writers who are fighting the system back with words by contributing stories that offer a more honest perspective.

06 March, 2020

Book Club: Mama Hissa's Mice is a story where the personal aligns with the political, making this a timely and important novel.

03 March, 2020

Book Club: Elif Shafak's latest novel chronicles the life and relationships of a prostitute in Istanbul while celebrating the misfits, especially those who stick together in life and death.

06 February, 2020