Khalil Gibran was a Lebanese poet, philosopher, artist, and writer, a genius of his age. His writing was revolutionary for his time. Rebellious Spirits is a collection of short stories that shake listeners out from the slumber of tradition and customs and incite them to rebellion against societal norms and earthly laws. These stories illustrate how the characters rebel against the laws and regulations imposed by authority to suppress the freedom of man.
The story takes place during the Ottoman rule of the Balkans. The Ottoman army is getting ready to put an end to the rising Balkan revolution while the Balkan army is preparing to defend the country. Faced with conflicting loyalties between his father and his country, Constantine makes one hard choice after another in order to defend his homeland and his family.
Kalila wa Dimnah is a collection of fables of Indian origin translated into Arabic in the eighth century by Abdullah Ibn Al Muqaffa. The work was translated into many languages and is said to have inspired Jean de La Fontaine and other compilers of fables. Kalila wa Dimnah belongs to the "mirror of princes" literature genre, and its stories put moral and political advice into the mouths of animals to explain questions of social life and princely wisdom.
In this historical novel, Jurgi Zydan recounts events from the Abbasid period focusing on the dispute between Al-Amin and Al-Ma'mun following the death of their father, Caliph Harun Al Rashid. The author paints the alliances and loyalties, the intrigues and conspiracies, that led to the fall of Baghdad and the killing of one of the brothers.