Mona Eltahawy is a freelance Egyptian-American journalist, and social commentator based in New York City. She has written essays and op-eds for publications worldwide on Egypt and the Islamic world, including women's issues and Muslim political and social affairs.
8 books on this list
From the highly acclaimed, award-winning author of The Gods of Tango, a revolutionary new novel about five wildly different women who, in the midst of the Uruguayan dictatorship, find one another as lovers, friends, and ultimately, family.In 1977 Uruguay, a military government crushed political dissent with ruthless force. In this environment, wher...
CANTORAS is one of my favourite books ever! Read this book. It’s brilliant. – source
Mona EltahawyMar 01, 2020
A breathtaking exploration of the lives of young black women in the early twentieth century.In Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, Saidiya Hartman examines the revolution of black intimate life that unfolded in Philadelphia and New York at the beginning of the twentieth century. Free love, common-law and transient marriages, serial partners, coha...
When I met Saidiya Hartman in 2019, I told her I was an anarchist and thanked her for centering the anarchism of young Black women in her glorious book, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments. – source
Mona EltahawyJul 17, 2020
Cowards don’t make history; and the women of Mujeres Libres (Free Women) were no cowards. Courageous enough to create revolutionary change in their daily lives, Mujeres Libres mobilized over 20,000 women into an organized network to strive for community, education, and equality for women -during the Spanish Revolution. Martha Ackelsberg writes a co...
I am writing a longer piece that I will turn into a book about anarchist feminists of colour. Date to be announced. Here’s another book I reviewed and recommended – source
Mona EltahawyJul 17, 2020
In Left of Karl Marx, Carole Boyce Davies assesses the activism, writing, and legacy of Claudia Jones (1915–1964), a pioneering Afro-Caribbean radical intellectual, dedicated communist, and feminist. Jones is buried in London’s Highgate Cemetery, to the left of Karl Marx—a location that Boyce Davies finds fitting given how Jones expanded Marxism-Le...
Get yourself this book: Left of Karl Marx - The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones by Carole Boyce Davies – source
Mona EltahawyJul 03, 2020
Aspiring photographer Dunya Noor discovers early on that her curious spirit, rebellious nature, and very curly hair are a recipe for disaster in 1980s Syria. And at the tender age of thirteen, she is exiled to live with her grandparents in England. Many years later in London, she meets Hilal, the son of a humble tailor from Aleppo and no match for ...
I loved this book by @SyrianMoustache! Magical writing and such a beautiful story. Thank you for this novel whose characters with their glorious curly hair will stay with me @HoopoeFiction! Read this. – source
Mona EltahawyJul 19, 2018
"Not all things are blest, but the seeds of all things are blest." — Muriel Rukeyser, “Elegy in Joy”First published by New Directions in 1949, Muriel Rukeyser’s Elegies were written over a seven years period the end of the Spanish Civil War, World War II, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the beginnings of the Cold War. Both and homage to Rilke’s Duino E...
Haven’t read a book in weeks. I’ve finally started to write again. One of project is on Umm Kalthoum and poetry. Reading this makes me love Muriel Rukeyser even more than I do already. She dedicated it to Otto Bloch.I’m obsessed w/their love at the start of the Spanish Civil War – source
Mona EltahawyJul 05, 2020
An autobiographical portrait of a gay Arab man, living between cultures, seeking an identity through love and writing.I had to rediscover who I was. And that's why I left the apartment.... And there I was, right in the heart of the Arab world, a world that never tired of making the same mistakes over and over.... I had no more leniency when it came...
@SuperlativeAdj Abdullah’s book! I always thought of it as autofiction but in any case required reading! – source
Mona EltahawyJun 23, 2020
National BestsellerWinner of the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize for FictionShortlisted for the Governor General's Award for FictionShortlisted for the Reading Women Award This amazing, sad, shocking, but touching novel, based on a real-life event, could be right out of The Handmaid's Tale. --Margaret Atwood, on Twitter"Scorching . . . Wome...
I LOVE this book! I read it last year ❤️✊🏽💜 – source
Mona EltahawyDec 21, 2019