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Jahshan, Elias - This Arab is Queer

Jahshan, Elias - This Arab is Queer

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A Groundbreaking Collection of Memoir and Personal Stories by LGBTQ+ Arab Writers

In Elias Jahshan's groundbreaking anthology, This Arab Is Queer, we are invited on a heartfelt and affirming journey through the lives of eighteen queer Arab writers. The anthology features the searingly honest and moving memoirs of individuals who share their experiences of navigating love, identity, and acceptance in a society that often challenges their existence.

Challenging Stereotypes and Embracing Arab Queer Identities

Jahshan's debut anthology seamlessly blends the personal narratives of queer Arab individuals with insightful reflections on the complexities of Arab identity and the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in the region. The stories range from poignant tales of self-acceptance and resilience to humorous anecdotes that highlight the diversity and vibrancy of the Arab queer experience.

A Celebration of Individuality and Acceptance

This Arab Is Queer is a celebration of individuality, acceptance, and the power of storytelling to challenge stereotypes and create a more inclusive world. The anthology provides a platform for queer Arab voices to share their unique perspectives and experiences, fostering empathy and understanding among readers.

A Must-Read for Fans of LGBTQ+ Stories and Anyone Seeking Insights into Arab Identity

With its heartwarming stories, relatable characters, and thought-provoking themes, This Arab Is Queer is a must-read for fans of LGBTQ+ stories and anyone seeking insights into the rich tapestry of Arab identity. The anthology is a testament to the resilience and courage of queer individuals who dare to embrace their true selves, despite societal pressures and cultural expectations.

Additional Description Points:

  • This Arab Is Queer is a groundbreaking anthology that challenges stereotypes and celebrates the intersection of Arab identity and queer love.

  • Jahshan's editorial guidance creates a safe space for queer Arab writers to share their experiences, providing a valuable resource for understanding the diversity and challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in the Arab world.

  • The anthology's integration of personal stories with reflections on Arab identity offers a deeper understanding of the complexities and nuances of queer experiences in the region.

  • This Arab Is Queer is a must-read for anyone seeking a heartwarming and affirming collection of stories that celebrate individuality, acceptance, and the power of love to transcend societal expectations.


This Arab Is Queer has received numerous awards, including:

  • Stonewall Book Award - Barbara Gittings Children's & Young Adult Literature

  • Carnegie Medal - Shortlist

  • The Guardian Children's Book Prize - Shortlist

  • Independent Publisher Book Awards - Young Adult Nonfiction (Gold Medal)

  • Lambda Literary Award - Children's/Young Adult

Author: Elias Jahshan

Publisher: Saqi Books

Release Date: June 2022

Genre: Non-Fiction, Essays, LGBTQ+

Number of Pages: 288

Dimensions: 135 x 215 mm

Weight: 240 g

Relevant Tags: LGBTQ+, Arab, memoir, personal stories, diversity, acceptance

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