The book is called Kitab Al-Tugra or Book of the Sultan’s Seal, about which Rakha has said:

The book is an imaginative evocation of post-2001 Cairo and a secular meditation on the decline of Muslim civilisation; it draws on Ottoman history and the work of the great Cairene historians Ibn Iyas and Al Jabarti.

The other images can be found—in larger size—on Rakha’s site. After all, I didn’t want to borrow too egregiously.

Rakha, who maintains the blog Arabophile, is a Beirut39 laureate, a journalist, a literary critic, and has published short stories, poetry, essays and travel books. However, this is his first novel.

Thanks to Sharjah Book Fair for pointing me to Rakha’s post. Meanwhile: Announcement about what’s coming at this year’s Sharjah Book Fair tomorrow.