Hello! I hope it's okay to post this here. I am a high school teacher. There is a larger-than-average population of Muslim students at the school (many families with Turkish, Saudi Arabian, and Egyptian backgrounds). I teach English. We will be doing a genre-specific study of world lit, and I would love to include some fiction pieces that will validate my Muslim students' backgrounds (as I have already selected pieces that reflect other students' cultural heritage). The Kite Runner is on my suggested reading list as a supplemental text, but that's about as close as anything comes. I have a lot of freedom to choose my own sources. I like Layla and Majnun for Persian poetry, but otherwise I'm not sure. I'd love a modern short story, and something that could be likened to fables -- I know Arabian Nights would work, but they use that as supplemental reading in another grade so I can't use it.
If you have any ideas or maybe some suggestions about things to look for, I would love to hear them!
thanks so much--
Joy, mama to Aquaboy (10), Goldilocks (8), Squidge (4)