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Ancient and Modern Reading List

Accad, Evelyne. Wounding Words: A Woman’s Journal in Tunisia

Brown, Roslind Varghese. Tunisia (Cultures of the World)

Bushnaq, Inea. Arab Folktales

Carver, Norman F. North African Villages: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia

Chaabane, Sadok. Ben Ali on the Road to Pluralism in Tunisia

Cokinos, Christopher. The Fallen Sky.

Darke, Diana. Passport’s Illustrated Travel Guide to Tunisia

Diqs, Isaak. A Bedouin Boyhood

Gabrieli, Francesco. Arab Historians of the Crusades

Golany, Gideon S. Earth-Sheltered Dwellings in Tunisia: Ancient Lessons for Modern Design.

Hinton, Amanda. Blue Guide Tunisia.

Marks, Copeland. The Great Book of Couscous: Classic Cuisines of Morocco, Algeria & Tunisia.

McGuiness, Justin. Footprint Tunisia Handbook.

McLauchlan, Anne. Tunisia Handbook.

Mernissi, Fatima. Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood.

Morris, Peter. Rough Guide to Tunisia.

Norton, O. Richard (author) and Dorothy S. Norton (illustrator). Rocks from Space

Perkins, Kenneth J. Historical Dictionary of Tunisia.

Plait, Philip, Ph.D. Death from the Skies

Rogerson, Barnaby. A Traveller’s History of North Africa.

Shakir, Evelyn. Bint Arab

Tlili, Mustapha. Lion Mountain.

Tomkinson, Michael. Essential Tunisia (Essential Travel Guide).

Tomkinson, Michael. Michael Tomkinson’s Tunisia.

Virgil. The Aeneid.

Weiss, Walter M. et.al. The Bazaar: Markets and Merchants of the Islamic World.

Weinstein, Norman C. A Night in Tunisia: Imaginings of Africa in Jazz.


If you think you’ve been to Tunisia already, you have probably been there at the movies. The planet Tatooine, childhood home of Anakin Skywalker, really exists, but not in a galaxy far, far away, and not on a Hollywood backlot. As true Star Wars aficionados know, the mythical planet is in fact southern Tunisia, a prosperous North African nation that has become a favorite for international filmmakers.

The English Patient Anthony Minghella, director

Jesus of Nazareth Franco Zeffirelli, director

Life of Brian Monty Python, director

Pirates Roman Polanski, director

Raiders of the Lost Ark Steven Spielberg, director

Star Wars I, II, III George Lucas, director