Arifa Akbar

Arifa Akbar is a journalist, literary critic and the curator of \'M-Fest\', an international Muslim festival of books and ideas. She is the former literary editor of The Independent.
Border Love
Claire Hajaj’s assured and ambitious debut Ishmael’s Oranges and Dorit Rabinyan’s prizewinning All the Rivers are spellbinding novels exploring the faultlines that threaten the likelihood of enduring love between Arab and Jew. In a captivating narrative of love and loss, Ishmael’s Oranges tells the story of two families against the background of repeated conflicts to examine whether love can transcend the legacy of hatred. In a momentous tale, crisscrossed by physical and e...