Reza Aslan, author, No god, but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
Firoozeh Dumas, author, Funny in Farsi
Assaf Gavron, author, Almost Dead
News from the Middle East often centers on political conflict. But there is a more personal aspect to many of the recent events that shaped the Middle East, from the Iranian Revolution to the Arab Spring. Writers from the region have long been capturing those facets through poetry, song and fiction and nonfiction prose.