Amazing women of the Middle East : 25 stories from ancient times to present day / by Wafa' Tarnowska ; [illustrations, Margarida Esteves, Hoda Hadidi, Sahar Haghgoo, Christelle Halal, Esteli Meza ; editorial direction and editing, Stephanie Stahl].

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      American edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "A superb collection of stories about incredible women from the Middle East. Discover Sheherazade, the famous storyteller, dive into the musical world of the beautiful singer Fairuz and meet Amal Clooney, an outstanding international lawyer. Feel inspired by twenty-five amazing women from the Middle East, who have created a legacy through strength of vision, leadership, courage, and determination. Written by award-winning author and trailblazer, Wafa' Tarnowska, this stunning collection of life stories is illustrated by a team of internationally recognized artists. This book is an absolute must-have! This book features: Scheherazade, Persia, narrator Nefertiti, Ancient Egypt, 1370 BCE, Queen of Egypt Queen of Sheba, 1050 BCE, modern-day Ethiopia Semiramis, ancient Iraq, 811 BCE, Queen of Babylon Cleopatra VII, Egypt, 69 BCE, last queen of Egypt Zenobia, Syria, 240 CE, Queen of Palmyra Theodora, 497 CE, Empress of Byzantium Rabiya al Adawiyya, Iraq, 714, poet Shajarat al Durr, Egypt, early 13th Century, Sultana of Egypt Hurrem Sultan, Ukraine, 1502, Sultana of Ottoman Empire May Ziadeh, Nazareth, Palestine, 1886, writer Nazik el Abid, Syria, 1887, activist Anbara Salam al Khalidi, Lebanon, 1897, activist and feminist Saloua Raouda Choucair, Lebanon, 1916, painter Fairuz, Lebanon, 1933, singer Zaha Hadid, Iraq, 1950, architect Anousheh Ansari, Iran/USA, 1966, astronaut Somayya Jabarti, Saudi Arabia, 1970, editor-in-chief Nadine Labaki, Lebanon, 1974, film maker and actress Amal Clooney, Lebanon/British, 1978, lawyer Manahel Thabet, Yemen, 1981, economist and mathematician Maha Al Baluchi, Oman, pilot Nadia Murad, Iraq, 1993, rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Zahra Lari, UAE, 1995, ice skater Azza Fahmy, Egypt, jewellery designer"-- Provided by publisher.
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      Introduction -- Map -- Nefertiti -- The Queen of Sheba -- Sheherazade -- Semiramis -- Cleopatra VII -- Zenobia -- Theodora -- Rabi'a al Adawiyya -- Shajarat al-Durr -- Hurrem Sultan -- May Ziadeh -- Nazik al Abid -- Anabra Salam Khalidi -- Saloua Raouda Choucai -- Fairuz -- Azza Fahmy -- Zaha Hadid -- Anousheh Ansari -- Somayya Jabarti -- Nadine Labaki -- Amal Clooney -- Manahel Thabet -- Maha al Balushi -- Nadia Murad -- Zahra Lari -- Glossary -- Acknowledgments.
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      Ages 9-12 Crocodile Books.
      Grades 4-6 Crocodile Books.
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Booklist Reviews 2020 September #1

This inspirational collection blends history and biography—with a touch of mythology—introducing 25 of the Middle East's most prominent female figures from ancient times to modern day. Arranging subjects chronologically, Tarnowska presents a range of extraordinary women, including queens, writers, scientists, activists, athletes, and artists from several countries (though, with the exception of the Queen of Sheba, who converted after meeting King Suleiman, Jewish women are conspicuously absent). A few (Nefertiti, Cleopatra, Amal Clooney) will be recognizable to American audiences, but most won't be, making this resource all the more valuable. Readers will be impressed by the likes of Semiramis, Assyrian warrior queen; May Ziadeh, the literary activist who brought feminism to the Middle East; Anousheh Ansari, the world's "first female private space explorer"; and many others. Each entry is given two spreads: the first pairs an introductory paragraph with a colorfully illustrated portrait, while the second offers a broad overview of the subject's life, obstacles, and specific pursuits. Overall, this serves as a necessary spotlight on women from a region where they are particularly underestimated and as a testament to female achievement as a whole.Women in Focus: The 19th in 2020 Grades 4-7. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2020 October #1

Tarnowska, a multilingual storyteller and translator, brings a brimming enthusiasm to this collection of short biographies of Middle Eastern women. With vivid illustrations by five female illustrators, the book's profiles, arranged chronologically, present women who broke the mold, from Queen Nefertiti to Zahra Lari. The author strikes a casual tone, sprinkling her prose with "did you know?" queries and exclamation marks. Portraits of well-known ancient women such as Scheherazade and Cleopatra lack wider historical context, blending elements of fact and myth (many scholars discount the theory that Cleopatra died by cobra bite, as Tarnowska claims). However, the book introduces readers to lesser-known women rulers, such as Theodora, Empress of Byzantium, and hits its stride with narratives of modern women, including architect Zaha Hadid, astronaut Anousheh Ansari, and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney. Its upbeat, empowering message assures readers that "achieving our goals might be hard sometimes, but that's why we need positive role models to guide us." The book includes a single uncontextualized historical map of the region. Ages 9–up. (Sept.)

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