Historical Middle Eastern Fiction
Historical Middle Eastern Fiction is a genre I have been enjoying reading recently. Some of my favorites are To Hold the Throne by Nayef Syed, Ossia by Mary Robinson, and Marc Antony by Dahveed. You might also enjoy one of my favorite historical fiction novels, The Taboo Queen by Lisa Kleypas. Here are a few reasons why. I hope you enjoy them! And as always, let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Ossia in Historical Middle Eastern fiction is an excellent introduction to the area. The fictional book focuses on an Arab American who struggles to integrate into American society. Although the book has its critics, I found it readable and filled with angry characters. The plot is complex, but it does not lack in clarity. Regardless of the reader's political views, the characters are human and believable.
The main characters are Mamluk Muslims. The Mamluk Sultan is the ruler of Egypt. He controls Marquab, but his agents have joined the Mongolian army and Georgian and Armenian forces. As a result, the Mameluke has been defeated far more heavily than he seems. The Mongolian general, however, has escaped from Ilkhan and the ageing Sultan has started to gather a massive army to invade Acrid.
Ossia in Historical Middle Eastern fiction takes place during the early eleventh century. It is set in a city ruled by several faiths, including Christianity. This city is the main city for some Christians in Saint Earth. The novel describes the epic battle that takes place during eight years and involves hundreds of Swiss boys. In the end, however, the peaceful character is left behind and takes much of the focus away from the rest of the characters.
Ossia in Historical Middle Eastern fiction is a wonderful debut novel by a Palestinian-American author, Lucy Foley. She resides in the United Kingdom and specializes in historical Middle Eastern fiction. She wrote Last Letter from Istanbul in a garden in Iran and based it on true events. The novel follows four generations of a Jewish family in the Middle East. Nahr's husband jilts her soon after their marriage, and she must prostitute herself to make ends meet. The story ends when the US invades Iraq and Nahr and her family are forced to flee.
Naomi Shihab Nye's In the Country of Men series is a classic of historical Middle Eastern fiction. Set in 1979-80, this trilogy reveals the life of Libyans under the Qaddafi regime. A short-listed book for the Man Booker Prize, the novel gives a window into life in the Middle East. In the Middle East, it is important to remember that the Arab people struggled for independence from the West.
To Hold the Throne
To Hold the Throne is an intriguing novel by renowned author Mahmoud Darwish, set in the Ottoman Empire in the late 18th century. The novel tells the story of a young woman who is caught in a repressive society. Its setting is as atmospheric as The Kite Runner and The Yacoubian Building and is both riveting and thought-provoking.
The book is based on true events. The characters in the novel are real, and the author does a great job of setting the story in the Middle East. The book opens in 1940s Jerusalem, and the characters are separated by both a physical wall and distrust between the two regions. Elias is a Christian Arab, and Lila is a Jew. They were separated by their religion, but after they are expelled from their homeland, they find refuge in Istanbul. However, their lives are strained by the political and religious divisions in their homeland.
To Hold the Throne in Historical Middle East Fiction features a fictional storyteller who is imprisoned. The storyteller evokes the culture's traditional oral stories, which Shah weaves together with short stories. The author's background in Afghanistan and Middle Eastern countries is reflected in her writing style. The storytelling in the novel is rich, and Shah has a masterful touch of storytelling in her writing.
To Hold the Throne in Historical Middle East Fiction is a riveting read. The author draws from a wide range of sources, including diaries and letters by real people. Ramesses II, the vizier Qaraqush, and a medieval vizier, are among the rulers summoned to the afterlife Court of Osiris. For those who act in Egypt's best interest, they're given immortality, while those who fail to protect it receive a harsh judgment.
Marc Antony was a Roman general. By the age of twenty, Antony had accumulated a massive debt. He fled to Greece, where he studied philosophy. In fifty, he was elected to the politically influential priesthood of augurs, defeating his mentor, Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus. Then, he was proclaimed a heretic. The plot begins there.
Antony was the paternal great-grandfather of the Roman emperors Claudius and Caligula and the maternal great-grandfather of Nero and Caesar. The emperors and countless other famous Roman statesmen were also descended from Antony. Hence, there are many fictionalized depictions of Antony in historical Middle Eastern fiction. However, it is not always possible to know who actually inspired these characters.
In addition to the two famous sons, Antony was also the father of Ptolemy Philadelphus. Antony and Cleopatra had a child called Ptolemy Philadelphus. Antony later returned to his wife Cleopatra and fathered a son. Their child, Ptolemy Philadelphus, was born in 37 B.C. Antony and Cleopatra were married in Egypt but Roman law did not recognize such marriages. Cleopatra needed Antony for political reasons as well as for a source of supplies to attack Parthia.
Aside from the real-life counterparts, Antony and Cleopatra were also very influential in western literature. The relationship between the two rulers had consequences for the Jewish population of Egypt, as the Jews equated Cleopatra's rule with the era of the golden age. The story of Antony and Cleopatra spawned Shakespeare's play.
While there are countless historical examples of the character, the story of Antony is perhaps the best known. This Roman general was a key figure during the transition from republic to empire. He inspired many writers, including Shakespeare and Cecil B. DeMille. The story of Antony's life echoes the lives of many people around the world. So, how is Antony depicted in historical fiction?
Before becoming emperor, Antony had reorganized his troops and secured the alliance of Rome's client kingdoms. He also promoted himself as a "Hellenistic" ruler, and won the favor of the Greek people in the East. When Octavian's propaganda began, Antony turned against the assassins. After leaving Egypt for Syria, he set sail for Italy, where he confronted Octavian. He had become a powerful and influential man and had to fight Octavian's war against his father and uncle.
The story of a young woman discovered dead on the shore of a Saudi Arabian beach is a fast-paced crime fiction thriller. The author, Elif Shafak, has written ten novels, many of which are based on current events in the Arab world. His debut novel, Body of a Burqa-clad Young Woman, was released in 2016. It is an important work about a young woman who is trapped between two worlds.
In her debut novel, Alia's Journey, Palestinian writer Afshin Abbas, evokes the experiences of three generations of one Palestinian family. The story begins after the Six Day War in 1967, when the family has migrated to Kuwait City. The book continues after Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait in 1990, when her family is forced to flee to Beirut. While there, the grandchildren of the couple try to navigate the burdens of assimilation and the difficulties of life in a new country.