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Arab American Literature: Non-Fiction

This LibGuide highlights the works of Arab American authors.


This section showcases non-fiction works by Arab American authors.




Authors & Works

Massoud Hayoun

Massoud Hayoun is a Los Angeles-based freelance reporter for Al Jazeera and other outlets. He speaks several languages, and has reported internationally for Al Jazeera America, The Atlantic, AFP and South China Morning Post, among others. 

Non-Fiction Works: 

When We Were Arabs: A Jewish Family's Forgotten History

Hoda Kotb

An Egyptian American broadcast journalist, television personality, and author. She is the main co-anchor of the NBC News morning show, Today, and a New York Times bestselling author.

Non-Fiction Works: 

Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee

Where We Belong: Journeys That Show Us the Way

Sophia Al-Maria

Sophia Al-Maria is a Qatarican* suffering from delusions of grandeur. Her writing can be found in Bidoun, Triple Canopy, and in Harper’s Magazine.

*Contraction of the words Qatari and American

Non-Fiction Works: 

The Girl Who Fell to Earth

Edward Said

Said was a professor of literature at Columbia University, a public intellectual, and a founder of the academic field of postcolonial studies. A Palestinian American born in Mandatory Palestine, he was a citizen of the United States by way of his father, a U.S. Army veteran.

Non-Fiction Works: 

Out of Place

Hisham Matar

Born in New York City to Libyan parents, Hisham Matar spent his childhood in Tripoli and Cairo and has lived most of his adult life in London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Comparative Literature, Asia & Middle East Cultures, and English at Barnard College, Columbia University.

Non-Fiction Works: 

The Return

A Month in Siena

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