Selected Bibliography: Primary and Secondary Texts for Literature Teachers on the Arabian Peninsula

Anthologies of Fiction

Akers, Deborah and Abubaker Bagader (Eds. and Trans.) (2008). Oranges in the Sun: Short Stories from the Arabian Gulf. London: Lynne Rienner.

Husni, R. and Newman, D. (Eds.) (2008). Modern Arabic Short Stories: A Bilingual Reader. London: Saqi.

Johnson-Davies, D. (Ed.). (2009). In a Fertile Desert: Modern Writing from the United Arab Emirates. Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press.

—. (2006). The Anchor Book of Modern Arabic Fiction. New York: Anchor Books/ Random House.

—. (2000). Under the Naked Sky: Short Stories from the Araba World. Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press.

—. (1994). Arabic Short Stories. Berkeley: University of CA Press.

Kaldas, P. and Mattawa, K. (Eds.). (2009). Dinarzad’s Children: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Fiction. Fayetteville, AK: The University of Arkansas Press.


Anthologies of Poetry

Al Balushi, Khalid. (2016). Contemporary Omani Poetry in English.

Arberry, A.J. (1965). Arabic Poetry: A Primer for Students. Cambridge: Cambridge UP.

Charara, H. (Ed.). (2008). Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab-American Poetry. Fayetteville, AK: The University of Arkansas Press.

Farrin, Raymond. (2011). Abundance from the Desert: Classical Arabic Poetry. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.

Hammond, Marlé. (2014). Arabic Poems: A Bilingual Edition. New York: Knopf Everyman’s Library.

Handal, N. (Ed.). (2001). The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology. New York: Interlink.

Nye, N.S. (Ed.). (1996). This Same Sky: A Collection of Poems from Around the World. New York: Aladdin.

Sells, M. (Trans.). (1989). Desert Tracings: Six Classic Arabian Odes by Alqama, Shanfara, Labid, Antara, Al-Asha and Dhu al-Rumma. Middleton, CT: Wesleyan University Press.

Stetkevych, Suzanne Pinckney. (2010). The Mute Immortals Speak: Pre-Islamic Poetry and Poetics of Ritual. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Washburn, K. and Major, J. (Eds.). (1998). World Poetry. New York, W.W. Norton.


Anthologies of Poetry and Fiction

Allen, Roger. (1998). The Arabic Literary Heritage: The Development of its Genres and Criticism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Akash, M. and Mattawa, K. (Eds.). (1999). Post-Gibran: The Anthology of New Arab-American Writing. Klagenfurt, Austria: Kitab. Published in USA in Jusoor, 11 & 12, distributed by Syracuse University Press.

Bushrui, Suheil and James Malarky. (2105). Desert Songs of the Night: 1500 Years of Arabic Literature. London: Saqi.

Jayyusi. S. K. (Ed.). (1988). The Literature of Modern Arabia: An Anthology. London: Kegan Paul International.

Irwin, R. (2002). Night and Horses and the Desert: An Anthology of Classical Arabic Literature. New York: Anchor.

van Gelder, Geert Jan. (2013). Classical Arabic Literature: A Library of Arabic Literature Anthology. New York: New York University Press.

Webb, Allen. (2012). Teaching the Literature of Today’s Middle East. London: Routledge.


Fairy/ Folk Tales

Al Taie, Hatim and Joan Pickersgill. (2008). Omani Folk Tales. Muscat, Oman: Al Roya Press and Publishing House.

Al Thahab, Khadija bint Alawi. (2012). Stories of My Grandmother. Trans. W. Scott Chahanovich. Washington, D.C:  Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center.

Behnam, Mariam. (2001). Heirloom: Evening Tales from the East. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hamad, Abdulsalam. Omani Folk Tales. (2006). Seeb: Al-Dhamri Bookshop.

Johnstone, T.M. (1974). “Folklore and Folk Literature in Oman and Socotra.” Arabian Studies 1: 7-24.

Johnstone, T.M. (1978). “A St. George of Dhofar.” Arabian Studies 4: 59-65.

Johnstone, T. M. (1983).“Folk-Tales and Folk-lore of Dhofar.” Journal of Oman Studies 6.1: 123-127.

Lyons, Malcome, Trans. (2014). Tales of the Marvelous and News of the Strange. London: Penguin.

Mershen, Birgit. 2004. “Ibn Muqaarab and Naynuh: A Folk-tale from Tiwi.” Journal of Oman Studies 13: 91-97.

Paine, Patty, Jesse Ulmer and Michael Hersrud, eds. (2013). The Donkey Lady and Other Tales from the Arabian Gulf.  Highclere, Berkshire: Berkshire Academic Press.

Todino-Gonguet, Grace. (2008). Halimah and the Snake, and other Omani Folk Tales. London: Stacey International.



Nye, Naomi Shibab. (1996). Never in a Hurry: Essays on People and Places. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press.



Al Farsi, Abdulaziz. (2013). Earth Weeps, Saturn Laughs: A Modern Omani Novel. Trans. Nancy Roberts. Cairo: American University of Cairo Press.

Kamal, M. (1999). Juha: Last of the Errant Knights. (J. Briggs, Trans.). Dubai: Motivate Publishing.

Wilson, G. Willow. (2012). Alif the Unseen. New York, Grove Press.


Poetry – single author

Elmusa, S. (2008). Flawed Landscape: Poems 1987-2008. Northampton, MA: Interlink.

Kahf, M. (2003). E-mails from Scheherazade. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida.

Mersal, I. (2008). These Are Not Oranges, My Love. Riverdale, NY: Sheep Meadow Press.

Nye, N. S. (2002). 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East. New York: Greenwillow.

Qabbani, Nizar. (2006). On Entering the Sea: The Erotic and Other Poetry of Nizar Qabbani. Trans. Lena Jayyusi and Sharif Elmusa. Intro. Salma Khadra Jayyusi. Northampton, MA: Interlink Publishing.

—. (1999). Arabian Love Poems. (B. K. Franieh and C. R. Brown, Trans.). London: Lynne Rienner.



Al-Hakim, T. (1981). Plays, Prefaces and Postscripts of Tawfiq Al-Hakim, Volume One. (W. M. Hutchins, Trans.). Washington D.C.: Three Continents Press.

Carlson, M. (Ed.). (2005). The Arab Oedipus: Four plays. New York: Martin E. Segal Theater Center Publications.

Zimmerman, M. (2005). The Arabian Nights: A Play. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press.


Short Stories – Collections

Al‑Murr, M. (1998). “The Wink of the Mona Lisa” and Other Stories from the Gulf. (J. Briggs, Trans.). Dubai: United Arab Emirates: Motivate Publishing.

—. (2008). Dubai Tales. (P. Clark and J. Briggs, Trans.). Dubai: Motivate Publishing.


Secondary Sources

Al Harthi, Aisha S. (2005). “Distance Higher Education Experiences of Arab Gulf Students in the United States: A Cultural Perspective.” International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning 6.3: 1-14.

Al Mahrooqi, Rahma & Denman, CJ and Al-Hasani, F. (2017). A Student Perspective on the Use of Motivational Strategies by Their English Language Literature Instructors in an Omani University. Language and Culture. 85-103. 10.17223/24109266/9/11.

Al-Mahrooqi, Rahma & Denman, CJ. (2016). Arab Identity and Literature in Translation: The Politics of Selection and Representation. Arab World English Journal 5: 5-20.

Boyd, Fenice. (2002). “Conditions, Concessions, and the Many Tender Mercies of Learning through Multicultural Literature.” Reading Research and Instruction 42.1: 58-92.

Brooks, Wanda. (2006). “Reading Representation of Themselves.” Reading Research Quarterly 41: 372-392.

Clarke, M and D. Otaky, (2006). “Reflection ‘on’ and ‘in’ Teacher Education in the United Arab Emirates.” International Journal of Educational Development 25: 111-22.

Deheuvels, Luc, Barbara Michalak-Pikulska, and Paul Starkey. (Eds). (2009). Intertextuality in Modern Arabic Literature since 1967. Manchester: University of Manchester Press.

Galda, Lee and Richard Beach. (2001). “Response to Literature as a Cultural Activity.” Reading Research Quarterly 36: 64-73.

Hall, J. (2002) Teaching and Researching Language and Culture. New York: Longman.

Heble, Ayesha. (2007). “Teaching Literature On-line to Arab students: Using Technology to Overcome Cultural Restrictions.” Arts and Humanities in Higher Education 6.2: 219-226.

Hung, Yu-ju. (2009). “Reader Response and Ethnicity: A Difference That Makes a Difference.” The Journal of English as an International Language 4: 66-91.

Kiesling, S. and C. Bratt Paulston. (Eds.) (2005). Intercultural Discourse and Communication: The Essential Readings. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005.

Michalak-Pikulska, Barbara. (2016). Modern Literature of the Gulf. Bern: Peter Lang GmbH.

—. (2012). Modern Literature of the United Arab Emirates. Krakow: Jagiellonian University Press.

—. (2002). Modern Poetry and Prose of Oman. Krakow: The Enigma Press.

Paulson, Christina. “Biculturalism: Reflections and Speculations.” (2005). In Intercultural Discourse and Communication: The Essential Readings, edited by Scott Kiesling and Christina Bratt Paulston. Oxford: Blackwell: 198-216.

Ramsay, Gail. (2004) “Confining the Guest Labourers to the Realm of the Subaltern in Modern Literature from the Gulf.” Orientalia Succana 53: 133-142.

Risse, Marielle. “Writing Prompts to Facilitate Creativity and Interesting Texts” (2016). Proceedings of the 15th Oman  International ELT Conferences. Muscat: Sultan Qaboos University Press, 46-52.

—. (2014). “Selecting the Right Literary Texts for Middle Eastern Students: Challenges and Reactions,” in Focusing on EFL Reading: Theory and Practice. Rahma Al-Mahrooqi, ed. Sultan Qaboos University Press: 165-188.

—. (2013).  “Frosty Cliffs, Frosty Aunt and Sandy Beaches: Teaching Aurora Leigh in Oman,” Ariel: A Review of International English Literature 43.4: 123-145.

—. (2013). “Who Are You Calling ‘Coddled’?:  ‘Cloistered Virtue’ and Choosing Literary Texts in a Middle Eastern University,” Pedagogy 14: 415-427.

—. (2012). “Do You know a Creon?: Making Literature Relevant in an Omani University,” in Literature Teaching in EFL/ESL: New Perspectives. Rahma Al-Mahrooqi, ed. Muscat: Sultan Qaboos University Press: 302-314.

—. (2012). “Using Local Voices in Literature Classrooms,” Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Gulf Perspectives 9.1

—. (2011). “Understanding the Impact of Culture on the TESOL Classroom: An Outsider’s Perspective,” TESOL Arabia’s Perspective 18.2: 15-19.

—. (2011). “John Clare Looks Good in a Dishdash: Linking John Clare to Middle Eastern Poetry,” John Clare Society Journal 30: 53-63.

Risse, M. and Miriam Al Sabbah. (2017). “Don’t Be Afraid of the Novel: Austen for ESL Students,” Proceedings of the 16th Oman International ELT Conference. Muscat: Sultan Qaboos University Press, 28-35.

Singer, J.  and S. Smith. (2003). “The Potential of Multicultural Literature: Changing Understanding of Self and Others.” Multicultural Perspectives 5: 17-23.

Sonleitner, Nancy and Maher Khelifa. (2004). “Western-education Faculty Challenges in a Gulf Classroom.” Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Gulf Perspectives 2.

Webb, Allen. (2009). “Literature from the Modern Middle East:  Making a Living Connection.” English Journal 98.3: 80–89. – on the

Helpful Websites for Teachers at Schools and Universities on the Arabian Peninsula