Library & Recommended Books

CAC’s library is a modest collection of books related to the Middle East and Arabic Culture that are available both in English and Arabic. Search for a specific book you are looking for.

Our recommended books list is meant to showcase Arabic art, music, film and other cultural items of interest that we come across in our day-to-day work. It is not meant to be a comprehensive library of Arab art and culture available.

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CAC Library of Recommended Books

  • A Changing Image: American Perceptions of the Arab-Israeli Dispute….Richard H. Curtiss
  • A Concise History of the Middle East….Arthur Goldschmidt, Jr.
  • A Rift in Time: Travels with my Ottoman Uncle….Raja Shehadeh
  • Abu Nuwas: A Genius of Poetry….Philip F. Kennedy
  • Adonis: Selected Poems….Translated by Khlaed Mattawa
  • AlAsas: for Teaching Arabic for Non-Native Speakers….Fawzieh A. Bader
  • AlKitaab: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic
  • Americans Who Tell the Truth….Robert Shetterly
  • An Introduction to Koranic and Classical Arabic: An Elementary Grammar
  • Anchor Book of Modern Arabic Fiction, The….Edited by Denys Johnson Davies
  • Arab Americans, The….Alixa Naff
  • Arab Heritage of Western Civiliztion, The….Rom Landau (x2)
  • Arab Navigation, The
  • Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why it Matters….James Zogby
  • Arab World: A Handbook for Teachers, The….Ayad AlQazzaz
  • Arabic Decimal Classification and Its Alphabetical Index, The
  • Arabic First Names
  • Arabic Novel: An Historical and Critical Introduction, The
  • Arabists: The Romance of an American Elite, The….Robert D. Kaplan
  • Arabs in Israel, The….Sabri Jiryis
  • Arabs in the Mind of America, The….Michael W. Suleiman
  • Arabs in the New World: Studies on ArabAmerican Communities….Edited by Sameer Y. Abraham, Nabeel Abraham
  • Armageddon Network, The….Michael Saba
  • Arms Bazaar: From Lebanon to Lockheed, The….Anthony Sampson
  • Asad: the Struggle for the Middle East… Patrick Seale
  • Author & His Doubles: Essays on Classical Arabic Literature, The
  • Bank of Fear, The….David Ignatius
  • Becoming American: The Early Arab Immigrant Experience….Alixa Naff
  • Becoming Orthodox: A Journey to the Ancient Christian Faith….Peter E. Gillquist
  • Before the Flames: A Quest for the History of Arab Americans….Gregory Orfalea
  • Before Their Diaspora: A Photographic History of the Palestinians 18761948
  • Beirut, I love You: A Memoir….Zena el Khalil
  • Beware of Small States: Lebanon, Battleground of the Middle East
  • Beyond the Veil: The Adventures of an American Doctor in Saudi Arabia….Seymour Gray, M.D.
  • Butter Man, The….Elizabeth Alalou, Ali Alalou
  • Cairo (Lonely Planet Guide)
  • Calling All Beginners: BBC English by Radio & Television (Book with 4 audio cassettes
  • Carmen Amaya! Queen of the Gypsies
  • Catastrophe Remembered: Palestine, Israel and the Internal Refugees. Essays in Memory of Edward W. Said (19352003)
  • Celebration of Faith: The Virgin Mary….Alexander Schmemann
  • Chapters on Marriage and Divorce: Responses of Ibn Hanbal and Ibn Rahwayh
  • City of Oranges: An Intimate History of Arabs and Jews in Jaffa
  • Classical Poems by Arab Women: A Bilingual Anthology….Edited by Abdullah al-Udhari
  • Concise Encyclopedia of Islam, The
  • Connectors in Modern Standard Arabic, The
  • Conspiracy of Silence: The Attack on the USS Liberty….Anthony Pearson
  • Contemporary Arabic Readers: Book II – Arabic Essays. Part 1 – Texts
  • Contemporary Arabic Readers: Book II – Arabic Essays. Part 1, Texts. Part 2, Notes & Glossaries (Combined volume)
  • Contemporary Arabic Readers: Book II – Arabic Essays. Part 2 – Notes & Glossaries
  • Contemporary Arabic Readers: Book III – Formal Arabic. Part 1 – Texts
  • Contemporary Arabic Readers: Book III – Formal Arabic. Part 2 – Notes & Glossaries
  • Contemporary Arabic Readers: Book IV – Short Stories (Seven audio cassettes)
  • Contemporary Arabic Readers: Book IV – Short Stories. Part 1 – Arabic Text
  • Contemporary Arabic Readers: Book IV – Short Stories. Part 2 – Notes & Glossaries
  • Contemporary Arabic Readers. Book I – Newspaper Arabic
  • Contemporary Iraqi Fiction: An Anthology….Edited by Shakir Mustafa
  • Contribution of Indo-Pakistan to Arabic Literature, The
  • Correct Translator for All Occasions Without a Teacher, Arabic-English, English-Arabic, The
  • Count Your Way Through the Arab World
  • Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World….Edward W. Said
  • Crusaders’ Kingdom: European Colonialism in the Middle Ages, The
  • Crusades Through Arab Eyes, The….Amin Maalouf
  • Cultural Atlas of the World: Islamic World Since 1500, The
  • Daughters of Palestine: Leading Women of the Palestinian National Movement
  • Day of Ahmed’s Secret, The
  • Debka (Middle Eastern Folklore) Dance Classes
  • Deliberate Deceptions: Facing the FACTS about the U.S.  ISRAEL RELATIONSHIP….Paul Findley
  • Dictionary of Library Terms, English-Arabic
  • Disappearing Old Damascus: Damascus in the Thirties, Scenes and Cries of the Street, The….Anghélos Keusséoglou (English and French versions)
  • Dispossessed: The Ordeal of the Palestinians 19171980….David Gilmour
  • Elementary Modern Standard Arabic. Part One (Revised Edition)
  • Emerging Arab Voices….Edited by Peter Clark
  • Emigration from Syria and the SyrianLebanese Community of Worcester, MA….Najib E. Saliba
  • English in the Hospital: Point to Talk (4th Edition)
  • English-Arabic/Arabic-English Translation: A Practical Guide
  • English-Arabic/Arabic-English Translation: A Practical Guide
  • Epistle on Singing Girls of Jahiz, The
  • Error and Betrayal in Lebanon….George W. Ball
  • Exodus & The Odyssey: A Palestinian Calendar Featuring the Art of Ismail Shammout, 2006, The
  • Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel & The Palestinians, The….Noam Chomsky
  • First One Hundred Years: A centennial Anthology Celebrating Antiochian Orthodoxy in North America, The….Edited by George S. Corey, Peter E. Gillquist, Anne Glynn Mackoul, Jean Sam, Paul Schneirla
  • Flag Balloon, The
  • Flowers of Flame: Unheard Voices of Iraq….Edited by Sadek Mohammed, Soheil Najm, Haider Al-Kabi, Dan Veach
  • Fool’s Paradise: One American’s Search for Vestiges of an Ancient Culture in ModernDay Saudi Arabia
  • Gate of the Sun: Bab alShams
  • Grammar for Everyone
  • Grape Leaves: A Century of Arab-American Poetry
  • Hidden Face of Eve: Women in the Arab World, The….Nawal El Saadawi
  • History of Syria, Including Lebanon and Palestine
  • History of the City of Gaza from the Earliest Time to the Present Day (Columbia University Oriental Studies, Vol. V)
  • Holy Qur’an, The….Translated and edited by ‘Abdullah Yusuf ‘Ali
  • House of Saud: The Rise and Rule of the most Powerful Dynasty in the Arab World, The….David Holden, Richard Johns
  • How Does It Feel To Be A Problem?
  • How Does It Feel To Be A Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America
  • How Does It Feel To Be A Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America….Moustafa Bayoumi
  • Hundred Great Muslims
  • I Saw Ramallah
  • I’jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody….Sinan Antoon
  • Ibn Barun’s Arabic Works on Hebrew Gammar and Lexicography
  • Iraqi Poetry Today….Edited by Saadi Simawe
  • Islam from the Prophet Muhammad to the Capture of Constantinople
  • Islam in the World
  • Islam: A Global Civilization
  • Islamic Mystical Poetry: Sufi Verse from the Early Mystics to Rumi….Edited by Mahmood Jamal
  • Journey to Jerusalem: A journalist’s account of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim families in the strifetorn Holy Land….Grace Halsell
  • Kahlil Gibran The Collected Works
  • Kahlil Gibran: His Life and His Works
  • Kahlil Gibran: The Collected Works, with eightyfour illustrations by the author
  • Laila’s Wedding
  • Les Emirats Arabes Unis/The United Arab Emirates
  • LESSON TWO (2): Our Textbook is the Oxford Picture Dictionary (OPD), Second Edition (2009)
  • Life Is Like a Cucumber: Colloquial Egyptian Proverbs, Coarse Sayings, and Popular Expressions
  • Literatura Hispanoarabe
  • Lyrics From Arabia….Edited by Ghazi A. Algosaibi
  • Magnificent Muslims: The Story of Spain’s Arab Centuries….Marguerite Brown
  • Mahmoud Darwish, Exile’s Poet: Critical Essays
  • Mammals of the Holy Land
  • Maps of Hajj to the Holyland Mecca – Medina
  • Memories of Revolt: The 19361939 Rebellion and the Palestinian National Past
  • Men in the Sun and Other Palestinian Stories.
  • Metropolitan Philip: His Life and His Dreams….Peter E. Gillquist
  • Mezzaterra: Fragments from the Common Ground
  • Midaq Alley
  • Middle Eastern Muslim Women Speak
  • Milet Picture Dictionary: English-Arabic
  • Miral….Rula Jebreal
  • MishkatulMasabih with Arabic Text (Vol. I), 3rd Edition
  • MishkatulMasabih with Arabic Text (Vol. II)
  • Modern Arabic Literature in Translation: A Companion….Salih J. Altoma
  • Modern Arabic Poetry: An Anthology….Edited by Salma Khadra Jayyusi
  • Modern Arabic Short Stories….Ronak Husni & Daniel L. Newman
  • Muslim Colonies in France, Northern Italy and Switzerland: Being the English Translation of Reinaud’s “Invasions des Sarrazins en France, et de France en Savoie, en Piemont et en Suisse.” (Second Edition)
  • Muslim Contributions to Geography
  • My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet’s Life in the Palestinian Century
  • My Illustrated Dictionary, Arabic-English
  • Naguib Mahfouz: (1) Midaq Alley, translated from the Arabic by Trevor Le Gassick, (2) The Thief and the Dogs, translated from the Arabic by Trevor Le Gassick and M. M. Badawi, (3) Miramar, Translated by Moussa Mahmoudf
  • Night & Horses & the Desert: An Anthology of Classical Arabic Literature….Edited by Robert Irwin
  • Ninety-Nine Names of Allah: The Beautiful Names
  • Old Arabic Sayings, Sayings, Similes & Metaphors
  • Once Upon A Country: A Palestinian Life
  • Orthodox Way, The….Bishop Kallistos Ware
  • Oxford Essential Arabic Dictionary, English-Arabic, Arabic-English
  • Poets for Palestine
  • Post Gibran: Anthology of New Arab American Writing….Khlaed Mattawa/Munir Akash
  • Prophecy and Politics: Militant Evangelists on the Road to Nuclear War….Grace Halsell
  • Prophet: The Life and Times of Kahlil Gibran
  • Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People….Jack G. Shaheen
  • Rugs from the McMullan Collection
  • Samed: Journal of a West Bank Palestinian….Raja Shehadeh
  • Sami and the Time of the Troubles
  • Sayings of the Desert Fathers: the Alphabetical Collection, The….Translated by Benedicta Ward SLG
  • Scar of David, The….Susan Abulhawa
  • Science: The Islamic Legacy
  • Season of Migration to the North
  • Second Arab Awakening: The Middle East, The 19141970….Jon Kimche
  • Seen and Heard: A Century of Arab Women in Literature and Culture
  • Selections from Saheeh Al Bukhary, Arabic, English
  • Sibawayh the Phonologist: A Critical Study of the Phoenetic and Phonological Theory of Sibawayh as Presented in His Treatise “AlKitab”
  • Sitti and the Cats: A Tale of Friendship
  • Sitti and the Cats: A Tale of Friendship….Sally Bahous
  • Sitti’s Secrets
  • Somerville Massachusetts: A Brief History
  • Sons of Sinbad: An Account of Sailing with the Arab in Their Dhows, in the Red Sea, Around the Coasts of Arabia, and to Zanzibar and Tanganyika
  • Spirits Rebellious
  • State of Seige
  • Storm Over the Arab World: A People in Revolution
  • Strangers in the House: Coming of Age in Occupied Palestine
  • Suwaru’l Kawakib or Uranometry (Description of the 48 Constellations), Arabic Text with the ‘Urjuza of Ibnu’sSufi
  • Taking Sides: America’s Secret Relations with a Militant Israel….Stephen Green (x2)
  • Telling Our Story: The Arab American National Museum
  • Tents to City Sidewalks
  • Teta, Mother and Me: Three Generations of Arab Women
  • This Same Sky: A Collection of Poems from around the World….Selected by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Top 1,000 Words for Understanding Media Arabic, The
  • Transnational Links Between the Arab Community in the U.S. and the Arab World….Ayad Al-Qazzaz (x2)
  • Undergraduate’s Companion to Arab Writers and Their Web Sites, The….Dona S. Straley
  • Unnatural Alliance: Israel and South Africa, The….James Adams
  • War in the Land of Egypt
  • Wild Thorns
  • Wrapping the Grapeleaves: A Sheaf of Contemporary Arab-American Poets….Edited by Gregory Orfalea (x2)
  • Zionist Connection, The….Alfred M. Lilenthal

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