Who We Are
Since 1976, The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, in close cooperation with the University of Texas Press, has published approximately ninety works of literature translated from Arabic, Persian Turkish and Hebrew. The Modern Middle East Literatures and the Emerging Voices in the Middle East series have featured such renowned Middle Eastern writers and poets as Leila Abouzeid, Ibrahim al-Koni, Mahmoud Saeed, Leah Goldberg, Goli Tarraghi, Hilal Chouman, Ahmed Naji, and Roja Chamankar.
What We’re Fundraising For
The average cost of an offset book is around $4,000, including licensing fees, professional translation, book and cover design, and printing and shipping. Our publications program is funded entirely by donor money and book royalties.
We’re fundraising for a new series devoted exclusively to Young Adult translated from Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Hebrew into English. The goal of the series is to bring engaging, innovative stories about young people directly from the Middle East to U.S. classrooms, fostering greater connection, understanding and empathy between U.S. youth and their Middle Eastern counterparts. Last year, we published our first YA book, Ghady & Rawan, which received a starred review from Kirkus and has made its way into public libraries across the country. The new series would expand on this success, bringing a wide range of YA books to an English readership, including YA SciFi and fantasy.
While YA literature has grown more diverse over the past decade and has become increasingly popular in the Middle East, very few Middle Eastern YA books have been translated into English. With the global refugee crisis, and the rise of Islamophobia and xenophobia at home, we urgently need more literature from the region that can reach a wider range of age groups and interests. We also regularly receive requests from teachers in Texas who need books that are written for young adults. Your donations will make it easier for teachers to educate students about the Middle East in a meaningful way.