A Book of Personal Stories by Indigenous Middle Eastern Jewish Women

With the current crisis unfolding in the Middle East, and the extreme ignorance about Middle East history, Jewish history, and the intersections thereof, this book is critical reading. While feeling as if you’re sitting across from women over a cup of coffee, listening to their personal stories, you’ll learn about indigenous Middle Eastern Jews, who stand at the intersections of Arab and Jew – the overlooked linchpin for understanding, healing, and transforming the Middle East.

With the original edition published in 2003, The Flying Camel 2022 edition remains ahead of the curve and includes new material: a cover and introduction featuring celebrity Yemenite-Israeli band A-WA, along with a musical framework for understanding issues addressed throughout the anthology; a preface sharing how the book was birthed into being and how to use it today; original poems by editor Loolwa Khazzoom, matched with the themes of each essay in the book; and a comprehensive study guide for book clubs and university courses.

Like the proverbial phoenix rising from the ashes, the seventeen women of The Flying Camel boldly emerge from the wreckage of their ancient civilizations and invite readers on an intimate journey of self-discovery, creativity, and defiance. Drawing from personal and ancestral memories, amidst the pursuit of soul-filled dreams and longings, anthology contributors navigate geopolitical upheaval and cultural homelessness, crisscrossing four continents and stepping back and forth through the spiritual portals of time. Nothing is quite as it seems, we learn, with identity constructs, loyalties, and politics dependent on so many variables that, ultimately, the borders perhaps dissolve into the greater expansiveness of who we are.

Alternately raw and fierce, vulnerable and tender, these gripping stories are deeply personal and uniformly honest, providing a secret passageway deep below the narrow scripts and slogans of today’s identity politics, and leading straight into the chamber of the heart. Reflecting a diversity of experience and perspective, and drawing from a collective wealth of knowledge, the stories naturally weave through topics including exile, body image, sexuality, class division, religious practice, domestic violence, the Middle East conflict, and other pertinent issues, in ways that are both insightful and refreshing.

The Flying Camel Paperback

Like the proverbial phoenix rising from the ashes, the seventeen women of The Flying Camel boldly emerge from the wreckage of their ancient civilizations and invite readers on an intimate journey of self-discovery…

The Flying Camel eBook

Like the proverbial phoenix rising from the ashes, the seventeen women of The Flying Camel boldly emerge from the wreckage of their ancient civilizations and invite readers on an intimate journey of self-discovery…

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In the wake of the Oct 7 massacre, the shocking celebrations worldwide, and the deafening silence in response to both, Loolwa Khazzoom shut down completely and stopped creating – both from a sense of despair and out of a feeling of solidarity with the victims. Following an epiphany that radical Jewish joy is the most powerful act of solidarity and defiance, Khazzoom burst into an intensive 10 day period of creativity, in which she wrote this raw, passionate album of 7 songs for the Oct 7 victims – in genre-defying musical styles ranging from folk and jazz to punk and metal. The album weaves through English, Hebrew, and Judeo-Arabic. Full album back story here.


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