About Us

‘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

‘Still issuing titles that stimulate and challenge – books with editorial audacity’ Independent

 

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.

Over the years Saqi has expanded its list to include writers from all over the world and has established an international literary fiction imprint, Telegram. Launched in 2005, Telegram has come to represent the best in international translation and home-grown literary fiction. In 2012, Saqi launched The Westbourne Press, which releases engaging and thought-provoking non-fiction from around the globe.

Saqi Books 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.