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Richard Field, The Swords of Faith (2010), about the war for control of Jerusalem between Saladin and Richard the Lionheart during the Third Crusade, beginning with the Battle of Hattin.

Jack Hight, Holy War (2013), about Saladin's recapture of Jerusalem from the Crusaders; #3 in the Saladin trilogy.Alon Hilu, The House of Dajani (original Hebrew edition 2008; English edition 2010), about a Palestinian boy in 1895 with visions of a disaster about to befall his people, whose friendship with a Jewish man leads to tragedy.Yoram Katz, The Kabbalist (2013), about a thirteen-century Jewish refugee escaping the doomed Crusaders' Kingdom of Jerusalem who acquires two ancient scrolls, and a present-day Frenchwoman who travels to Israel in pursuit of these scrolls; self-published.Review Click on the title for more information from Powell's Books or another online source, or if you're outside the U. Susan Abulhawa, Mornings in Jenin (2010), about a Palestinian family forced out of their home village and into a refugee camp in 1948 when the state of Israel is created.Rabih Alameddine, The Hakawati, about the stories from the Middle East, present and past, that a dying man in Beirut tells to his son.Among those which do are novels by distinguished authors such as British-Pakistani journalist Tariq Ali, Nobel Prize-winning Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk, and Lebanese author Amin Maalouf, winner of a 1993 Prix Goncourt.

Middle Eastern cultures are more varied than many Westerners realize, and historical novels reflect that richness.

Review Ghalib Lakhnavi & Abdullah Bilgrami, The Adventures of Amir Hamza (in English, 2007), a saga dating back to as early as the seventh century, about an uncle of the Prophet Muhammed; new translation into English by Musharraf Ali Farooqi.

Nadifa Mohamed, Black Mamba Boy (2010), about a ten-year-old slum boy who in 1935 sets off from Aden in search of his father and journeys through Africa, Palestine and Britain amid the upheavals of war.

Abdulaziz al-Mahmoud, The Holy Sail (2014 in the original Arabic, first English edition 2015), about fifteenth-century Lisbon, Cairo, Jeddah, and Istanbul, and a girl who marries an Arabic tribal leader.

Radwa Ashour, Siraaj (1992 in the original Arabic; 2007 in English), about a mother and son drawn into a nineteenth-century revolt on a fictional island off the coast of Yemen.

In general, novels reflecting a European or American perspective are listed on other pages, so if you don't see what you want here, try looking under the time and place of the main character's homeland.