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About Saqi

Saqi Books is a leading independent publisher of trade and academic books on the Middle East and North Africa.

For over three decades, we have offered an independent platform for writers and artists from around the world, releasing cutting-edge, ground-breaking works including The Crusades through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf, Beyond the Veil by Fatema Mernissi, Black Britain: A Photographic History by Paul Gilroy and The White Family by Maggie Gee.

We are also proud to bring out in English translation the best in new and classic Arabic literature, including works by Naguib Mahfouz, Mahmoud Darwish, Adonis and Nawal El Saadawi.

Saqi Books has two imprints. The Westbourne Press is committed to releasing engaging works that offer an alternative, progressive perspective on the leading issues of our time, and Telegram publishes new and classic international writing.

Saqi was awarded the IPG Diversity Award in 2013, the Arab British Culture and Society award in 2008 and the British Book Industry Award for Diversity in Literature in 2009.

  • ‘A list of exceptional writers’

    The Guardian
  • ‘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