WORD WONDERS’ TBR EXPANSION : 100+ books by Muslim authors

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Hello friends and Ramadan Mubarak!

Years ago, I wrote these two posts called Why don’t I see Myself? and Muslim representation I want more of, where I was basically talking about Muslim main characters barely existing in YA and when they did, how they all fit the same mold. I am happy to say now, that even though we still have a long way to go, I finally feel like we’ve reached a point where my complaints in those posts are fading little by little and I don’t feel them intensely anymore. Because since then, I’ve read some brilliant books by Muslim authors from different walks of life and whose experiences differ a lot.

And I really thought I made on of these book lists for Muslim books before, I started this post fully intending it to be a part two but then I realized I…never made a part one, which is a tragedy really, because I am Muslim, you know? And I made so many of these posts and never once made one for something that is such a huge part of my life. And that is how I found myself listing over a hundred books written by Muslim authors encompassing Middle-grade, YA, Adult and non-fiction, I guess to absolve myself from the shame and guilt of taking this long to make it? (I’m definitely being dramatic here). And it’s safe to say that some brain cells were definitely killed in the process.

I will try to include content warnings for as many of them. The ones that I couldn’t find content warnings for will have a (*) in front of their titles.

Titles (10)

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga (Syrian Muslim MC)

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CW: Islamophobia, islamophobic hate crime, war.

Amina’s Voice & More to the Story by Hena Khan (Pakistani-American Muslim MCs)

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CW: Islamophobia, racism, hate crime.

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CW: cancer (lymphoma), side character’s death of parent, racist microaggressions (challenged)

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed (Pakistani Muslim MC)

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CW: indentured servitude, child labor, car accident, post-partum depression.

The Girl and the Ghost* by Hanna Alkaf (Malaysian MC)

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Once Upon an Eid(edited) by S.K Ali & Aisha Saeed (Muslim MCs of different backgrounds)

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The Green Bicycle* by Haifaa Al Mansour (Saudi Muslim MC)

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Escape from Aleppo* by N.H Senzai (Syrian Muslim MC)

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The Girl Who Stole an Elephant* by Nizrana Farook (Sri Lankan MC)

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The Gauntlet & The Battle by Karuna Riazi (Bangladeshi-American Muslim MC)

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TW: Police schooting at Children / Fire Bombs.

A Thousand Questions* by Saadia Faruqi (Pakistani & Pakistani-American MCs)

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Furthermore* & Winterwood* by Tahereh Mafi (Muslim MC in Whichwood)

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More Than Just a Pretty Face* by Syed M. Masood (Pakistani-American Muslim MC)

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CW: cursing, bad parenting, sex discussion.

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar (Bengladeshi-Irish Muslim MC)

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CW: cultural appropriation, racism, bullying, homophobia, outting. (All challenged)

All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney (Circassian Muslim MC)

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CW: Islamophobia.

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali & Zara Hossain Is Here* by Sabina Khan (Bengladeshi-American Muslim MCs)

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CW: colorism, homophobia, islamophobia, physical assault, hospital, sexual assault, domestic abuse, starvation, exorcism, forced marriage, death of a loved one, incest.

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Tell Me How You Really Feel (Indian-Persian American Muslim MC) & This is All your Fault by Aminah Mae Safi

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CW: Car accident, hospital (chapter 17).

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CW: attempted assault & mentions of anxiety and depression.

Love, Hate & Other Filters & Internment by Samira Ahmed (Indian-American Muslim MCs)

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CW: Racism, islamophobia, threats, violence, physical assault, white supremacy.

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CW:,Islamophobia, slurs, displacement, violence, death of side characters, fatphobia, rape mention.

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed (Pakistani-American Muslim MC)

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CW: Rape, abuse (emotional, physical), miscarriage, starvation, forced marriage.

Saints & Misfits (Indian-Egyptian American Muslim MC) & Love from A to Z by S. K. Ali (Indo-carribean & Chinese Muslim MCs)

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CW: Sexual assault, death of a loved one, one aro-antagonistic comment (unchallenged).

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CW: Islamophobia, death of a parent, Multiple Sclerosis, mention of rape, discussion of war and war victims.

Does My Head Look Big in This (Australian-Palestinian Muslim MC) & When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdelfattah (Afghan-Australian Muslim MC)

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CW: Ableist language, islamophobia, fatshaming.

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CW: Islamophobia, racism, Islamophobic hate crimes, protests.

God Smites and Other Muslim Girl Problems by Ishara Deen (Bengladeshi Muslim MC)

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That Thing We Call a Heart* by Sheba Karim (Pakistani-American Muslim MC)

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I Am Thunder* & Mark my Words* by Muhammad Khan (Pakistani-American Muslim MCs)

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No True Believers* by Rabiah York Lumbard (Moroccan-American Muslim MC)

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Girl Gone Viral & How It All Blew Up* by Arvin Ahmadi (Iranian-American Muslim MCs)

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CW: death (explicit), alcohol consumption, cyber bullying, discussions about depression and suicide.

(How It All Blew Up doesn’t have a cover yet)

A Very Large Expanse of Sea* by Tahereh Mafi (Persian-American Muslim MC)

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CW: Islamophobia.

All the Things We Never Said* by Yasmin Rahman (Bagladeshi Muslim MC)

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CW: Suicidal thoughts, discussion of ways to die by suicide, including two on the page attempts, sexual assault (implied and attempted rape on the page).

By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery (Black MC)

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CW: addiction, underage drinking, homophobia, gentrification, racism, police brutality, death of family.

She Wore Red Trainers by Naima B. Robert (Muslim MC)

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Secrets of the Henna Girl* by Sufiya Ahmed (British Pakistani MC)

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SFF

Mirage by Somaiya Daud (Moroccan inspired)

CW: Colonization, racism, gore, violence, torture, death.

Thorn & The Sunbolt chronicles by Intisar Khanani

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CW: domestic abuse, sexual assault, emotional and physical abuse, bullying, off page animal death, choking, interrogation.

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An Ember in the Ashes quartet by Sabaa Tahir

CW: Child abuse/murder, slavery, attempted rape, rape, violence, genocide, emotional manipulation.

Sands of Arawiya by Hafsah Faizal (Arabia inspired

CW: Murder, abusive father, violence, death of a loved one, torture, possession.

The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad

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CW: death (of loved ones and in general), murder (including beheading), depictions of grief, burning.

Djinn* by Sang Kromah

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Shatter Me* by Tahereh Mafi

The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah (British Muslim MC)

London Shah - The Light at the Bottom of the world

CW: mentions of suicide, blood, violence, explosions, animal violence.

I Hope You Get this Message by Farah Naz Rishi (Muslim MC)

Farah Naz Rishi - I hope you get this message

CW: Islamophobia, mention of parental death, talk of depression and suicide, description of a suicide, physical assault.

Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson (Muslim Pakistani MC)

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Historical Fiction

Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know* by Samira Ahmed (French-Indian American MC)

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The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf (Malaysian Muslim MC)

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CW: graphic violence, graphic depictions of death (from obtrusive thoughts), gore (from obtrusive thoughts), obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety and panic attacks, death of loved one, multiple blood mentions, racism.

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi (Syrian Muslim MC)

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CW: War, violence, death, depictions of torture and hanging, human trafficking, drowning, bombing, mention of sexual assault, Refugee crisis, sexual violence against teens and children.

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And the Mountains Echoed * by Khaled Hosseini (Afghan Muslim MC)

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The Bad Muslim Discount* by Syed M. Masood (Iraqi and Pakistani Muslim MCs)

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CW: sex coercion and blackmail, talk of the Muslim ban, extramarital affairs, threats, violence.

The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar (Syrian Muslim MC)

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CW: Discussions of Islamophobia and white supremacy, gender dysphoria, discussion of transphobia, death of a parent, grief, suicidality, hate crimes, arson, sex scene.

Daughters of Smoke and Fire* by Ava Homa (Kurdish Muslim MC)

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You Exist Too Much* by Zaina Arafat (Palestinian MC)

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The Family Tree* by Sairish Hussain (British Muslims MCs)

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The Gatekeeper’s Notebook* by Sahar Abdulaziz (Muslim MC)

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Out of Touch* by Haleh Agar

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Sofia Khan is Not Obliged* & This Green and Pleasant Land* by Ayisha Malik (Pakistani Britism Muslim MCs)

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Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin (Indian-American Muslim MCs)

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The Story of Maha by Sumayya Lee (Indian South African Muslim MC)

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Unmarriageable* by Soniah Kamal (Pakistani Muslim MC)

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Painted Hands* by Jennifer Zobair (Muslim MCs)

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The Language of Miracles* by Rajia Hassib (Egyptian Muslim MC)

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Even in the Breaks* by Hend Hegazi (Muslim MC)

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The Royal Abduls* by Ramiza Koya (Indian-American Muslim MCs)

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Soft on Soft (Arab-Persian Muslim MC) & Graham’s Delicacies by Mina Waheed

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CW: panic attack, anxiety, discussion of anti-ace encounters.

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CW: Consensual sex (ch 7 of Saccharine, ch 6 of Delectable, ch 7 of Ravenous with D/s dynamics), mention of parental death (ch 6 of Delectable), misgendering (challenged- ch 3 of Ravenous).

Tried & Tested* by Umm Juwayriyah (Black American Muslim MC)

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A Place for Us* by Fatima Farheen Mirza (Indian-American Muslim MCs)

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The Secret lives of the Amir Sisters* by Nadiya Hussain (British Bangladeshi Muslim MCs)

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The Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak series* by Ausma Zehanat Khan (Pakistani-Canadian Muslim MC)

Hope and Other Dangeous Pursuits*, Secret Son* & The Other Americans* by Laila Lalami (Moroccan MCs)

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Courting Samira* by Amal Awad (Arab- Australian Muslim MC)

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The Beauty of Your Face* by Sahar Mustafah (Palestinian Muslim MC)

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SFF

Alif the Unseen* (Middle Eastern MC) & The Bird King* by G. Willow Wilson (Muslim MCs)

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The Daevabad trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty (Egyptian MC, Black Muslim MC)

CW: War, war crimes, mass murder, genocide, death, violence, physical assault, passing mention of rape, excessive drinking/alcoholism, segregation, gore, mention of self-harm, drowning, imprisonment, torture, enslavement, mind control.

The Khorasan Archives by Ausma Zehanat Khan

CW: Sex trade, talk of rape, slavery.

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Muslim MCs)

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CW: Drug use, war, graphic description of murder, sexual assault, mention and description of suicide, xenophobia towards filipinos.

Throne of the Crescent Moon* by Saladin Ahmed

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Midnight’s Children* by Salman Rushdie (Indian MC)

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Historical Fiction

The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar (Syrian Muslim MC)

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CW: death of a parent, grief, family separation, attempted sexual assault, trauma, PTSD, bombing, shooting, threat of drowning.

A Thousand Splendid Suns & The Kite Runner* by Khaled Hosseini (Afghan Muslim MCs)

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CW: suicidal thoughts, depression, violent deaths, abusive relationships.

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The Map of Love* by Ahdaf Soueif

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The Bengla Desh* trilogy by Tahmima Anam (Bengladeshi Muslim MC)

A Woman is No Man* by Etaf Rum (Palestinian-American Muslim MC)

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Mornings in Jenin* & The Blue Between Sky and Water* by Susan Abulhawa (Palestinian Muslim MCs)

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The Moor’s Account* by Laila Lalami (Moroccan Muslim MC)

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The Forty Rules of Love* & The Bastard of Istanbul* by Elif Shafak (Turkish Muslim MCs)

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The Pearl that Broke its Shell* by Nadia Hashimi (Afghan & Afghan-American MCs)

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Song of a Captive Bird* by Jasmin Darznik (Iranian Muslim MC)

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Titles (11)

We Have Always Been Here – A Queer Muslim Memoir* by Samra Habib

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Muslim Women are Everything* by Seema Yasmin and Fahmida Azim

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We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders: A Memoir of Love and Resistance* by Linda Sarsour

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It’s Not About the Burqa* (edited) by Mariam Khan

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I Am Malala & We Are Displaced by Malala Yousafzai

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CW: War, explosion, near death experience, hospital, injuries, displacement.

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CW: Animal death (chickens), war, injury and death, racism, islamophobia, death of a loved one (grandmother and mother), murder, genocide, terrorism, displacement.

Persepolis* by Marjane Satrapi

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Unicorn: The Memoir of a Muslim Drag Queen* by Amrou Al-Kadhi

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That Can Be Arranged by Huda Fahmy

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Unashamed: Musings of a Fat Black Muslim* by Leah Vernon

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Conditional Citizens: on Belonging in America* by Laila Lalami

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Far From Mecca: Globalizing the Muslim Caribbean* by Aliyah Khan

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Muslim Cool: Race, Religion and Hip Hop in the United States* by Su’ad Abdul Khabeer

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First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Story* by Huda Al-Marashi

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Dear Zari: The Secret Lives of the Women of Afghanistan* by Zarghuna Kargar

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Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream* by Ibjihaj Muhammad

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I am the Night Sky & Other Reflections by Muslim American Youth*

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Shards by Fariha Khayyam

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CW: solitude, abuse, racism, suicide, grief.

Amazing Muslims Who Changed the World* by Burhana Islam

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22 thoughts on “WORD WONDERS’ TBR EXPANSION : 100+ books by Muslim authors

  1. I already have The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali on my TBR for this month, but this post is making me want to pack more books into my already overstuffed TBR!

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  2. Fadwa! This list is *amazing*! Thank you so much for compiling this for us – I’ve added so many of these to my TBR! The more I think of it, the more I realise that I’ve read very few muslim-rep novels, to the point that I’m ashamed of myself. As a POC, I should be a doing better job than this. Hoping to change that this month!

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  3. You really did it Fadwa!! Well done! I’ve read some of the middle grade and contemporary books here. Thanks for introducing me to some more 🤗

    Taiwo xx

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  4. You really did it Fadwa!! Well done! I’ve read some of the middle grade and contemporary books here. Thanks for introducing me to some more 🤗

    Taiwo xx

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  5. EEEE I LOVE THIS POST SO MUCH!! i’m gonna start using it as a reference when i wanna read something new. thank you for taking the time to do this! ❤️

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  6. Thank you for this list Fadwa. I want to read more books with muslim characters in them, and this could be helpful.

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  8. Wow, this is amazing! Thank you for compiling this list – I can tell you put a ton of work into it. Now I’m going to be spending a long time going through and adding things to my TBR 😀
    Ooh, I just bought Other Words For Home, and I can’t wait to read it! I loved Tell Me How You Really Feel and can’t wait for Aminah Mae Safi’s new book. I also really enjoyed The Bird King, and definitely need to check out more of G. Willow Wilson’s work. Thank you for this amazing post!

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  10. Dangg this is a great list!! Like soo many amazing recs!! We Hunt The Flame is currently sitting somewhere in my house rn… although I do hope to read it soon! Fab post 🙂

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  16. Fadwa, thank you SO MUCH for putting together this giant list! I am honestly in awe of you and we don’t deserve you – thank you for putting in so much work to bring awareness to these books so others can see themselves represented.

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