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Saqi Books and The Westbourne Press

Saqi Books is an independent publishing house of quality general interest and academic books on North Africa and the Middle East. Founded in 1983 in London, Saqi’s links with cutting edge and authoritative voices have led to a rigorous reassessment of Arab cultural heritage.

Publishing in a wide range of fields, including history, politics, art, architecture, gender studies and cookery, Saqi also releases the best in new and classic Arabic literature, including works by Mahmoud Darwish, Adonis, Nawal El Saadawi, Samih al-Qasim, Mohamed Choukri and Algosaibi.

Among its bestsellers are The Crusades through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf, Beyond the Veil by Fatema Mernissi, The Arabic Alphabet by Nick Awde and Putros Samano, and Modern Arabic Short Stories, edited by Ronak Husni and Daniel L. Newman.

"Anyone interested in Arab culture is aware of the invaluable role Saqi plays in making available pioneering, specialist and often controversial books that large publishers refuse to go near."  The Times

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Launched in 2012, The Westbourne Press publishes challenging and thought-provoking non-fiction in a wide spectrum of genres: history, current affairs, sexual politics, memoir, popular science, art, photography and humour. Recent titles include Eric Berkowitz's Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire, Joumana Haddad's Superman is an Arab: On God, Marriage, Macho Men and Other Disastrous Inventions and Joan Smith's The Public Woman.