Mustafa is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at Boston University; he is also the editor and translator of the excellent Contemporary Iraqi Fiction: An Anthology.
- Tayeb Salih, Season of Migration to the North
- Naguib Mahfouz, Miramar
- Assia Djebar, Women of Algiers in Their Apartments (written in French, but because women are needed on the list, I’ll allow it)
- Mourid Barghouti, I Saw Ramallah
- Alifa Rifat, Distant View of a Minaret
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