We Wrote in Symbols: Love and Lust by Arab Women Writers

I am thrilled to be sharing with you that At Last, a short story I wrote, is being published in an anthology about lust and love, and which includes writings by 75 Arab women writers, among them Adania Shibli, Isabella Hammad, Hanan Al Shaykh, Hoda Barakat, Leila Aboulela, Joumana Haddad and Leila Slimani. It is an honor for me to be included alongside so many wonderful and important sister writers.

We Wrote in Symbols: Love and Lust by Arab Women Writers, is an anthology edited by the wonderful British-Palestinian writer Selma Dabbagh and published by Saqi Books.

You can order a copy of the book directly from Saqi Books.

I invite you to read my short story, At Last, which the Bookanista website chose to feature on their website.

About the Book from Saqi Books website

It is a little-known secret that Arabic literature has a long tradition of erotic writing. Behind that secret lies another – that many of the writers are women. We Wrote in Symbols celebrates the works of 75 of these female writers of Arab heritage who articulate love and lust with artistry and skill. Powerfully conveying the complexities and intrigues of desire, We Wrote in Symbols invites you to share these characters’ wildest fantasies and most intimate moments.


‘Fierce, captivating, revolutionary. A dazzling collection that will win hearts and change minds.’
Elif Shafak

‘These voices are furious, witty, outrageous, tender and entranced. This collection offers much delightful entertainment and fresh perspectives on women and sex in the Middle East.’
Marina Warner

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