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Hani Selim is an Arab/American author. While in high school in New York, Hani became passionate for international politics, human rights, philosophy, theology and writing.

He founded a social organization, The International Club, with his best friend as an attempt to bridge different cultures and observe the commonalities of humanity. The International Club had its own biweekly newsletter, which marked the beginning of Hani’s writings. Hani fell in love with the art of poetry and its simplicity at the age of 16. At first he used his writings as a means of expressing his emotions. He found writing both comforting and therapeutic, but it wasn’t long until he utilized his talent to discuss broader and more serious issues. In 1999, Hani attended the City College of New York where he attained his Bachelors of Art in International Studies with a focus on the Middle East. He went on to continue his graduate studies at Long Island University in hopes of pursuing one of his greatest passions of joining the international political arena. In 2007, he finished his Master in Political Science with a focus on Human Rights. Hani has been a consultant to the United Nations for a number of years where he has worked on a wide range of issues, including Gender Equality, Human Rights, Children in Armed Conflict, Persons with Disabilities, Autism Awareness, AIDS, Earth Day. Refugees, Migration, Counter Terrorism, and Climate Change. He has also taught courses at Baruch College in Manhattan. Throughout the years Hani never stopped writing and, currently, is finishing his first Fictional Novel. 




is a story of unconditional love; it is about the ties that bind a family together. The story revolves around the character of Osama, who after a series of transformational incidents, finds himself feeling deeply alienated from family, friends and greater society. The story is set between modern day Cairo and New York, spans Osama’s life from childhood to fatherhood, and positions his personal struggles within the context of major political turning points of the last decade.

Osama struggles to define his identity as an Arab, a Muslim and an American, which ultimately forces him to question everything he has grown to know, and the intentions of everyone he grew to love. His unique and unusual first-hand experiences transported him between local Gay bars in New York City, and as far as Makkah in Saudi Arabia. It gave him a different perspective on his own life, as well as life in general, and taught him important lessons about tolerance, acceptance and unconditional love.


Osama’s Jihad is a story of an Arab/Muslim-American as he struggles to find his place in the world. Osama struggles to define his identity as an Arab, a Muslim and an American. He also struggles to define his own sexual orientation, which ultimately forces him to question everything he has grown to love and know. His unique and unusual first experiences throughout his life give him a different perspective on his own life as well as life in general. It teaches him important lessons about tolerance and unconditional love.


Osama’s Jihad explores the social norms of Arab-Muslim societies; it explores the lives of Arab-Americans through the e yes of an American born Arab. It tackles social taboos as well as religious ones. It tackles issues like women’s rights in Islam and rights of Lesbians, Gays and Transgender in the Muslim/Arab world.

Osama’s Jihad also attempts to bridge the widening gap between westerners and those of Muslim or Arab origins as it addresses some of the major stereotypes and false media portrayals.




review1“I have had the divine privilege of reading the un-edited version of this incredible novel. It’s not very often that I come across a story that touches my heart so deeply that it resonates with my every emotion. To say that I fell in love with the story and its characters from the very beginning would not come close to accurately depicting the intensity of my admiration for it. It is my strong belief that Hani Selim has impressively found a way to create a story encompassing so many important topics affecting the world today. He has accomplished this in a selfless effort to magnify humanity. I am not an Arab, I am not a Muslim and I am not a Homosexual. I am a mother. As a mother, it pains me to think of all the hatred that some children have to face because of such classifications. To be a supporter of this book and its continued production, would be a step in the right direction on the path to a better world. I know that whoever reads this novel will walk away with an increased knowledge of what it feels like to be a person placed in such categories. They will be exposed to the struggles one must face in an effort to secure basic freedoms deserved by all human beings. This novel will pull at your heart strings and dig deep within your soul to distinguish a new sense of empathy. It really is a story that has ‘something for everyone’, but in the end it all comes down to love. I predict a definite “best-seller”. I am so proud to be a supporter of such a wonderful project.”

Heather Deviccaro


“Thank you for having the guts to write this. Homosexuality is a reality in all communities but in most Middle Eastern and Muslim communities, it is never spoken about. It is just too taboo or “haram” so it is ignored. Most people have the mentality of “never my son or daughter”. Now, people will be forced to face the reality and maybe come to terms with it. People are people. Congrats!”

Nehmat Sabra


“I am one of the lucky few who has read the unedited novel and I cannot wait for it to be completely finished and published so everyone else can read it too, it is fantastic!I The story is intriguing and entertaining but at the same time, and more importantly, it really makes you think about how your actions and way of thinking affect both those you love and those you may come into contact with throughout life.”

Nicole Orfanidis

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