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M.O. Yuksel is the award-winning author of picture books In My Mosque, (illus. by Hatem Aly), One Wish: Fatima Al-Fihri and the World's Oldest University, (illus. by Mariam Quraishi). Ramadan Kareem, (illus. by Hatem Aly), and Sami's Special Gift: An Eid Al-Adha Story, (illus. by Huseyin Sonmezay). Her forthcoming book is titled, The Prince of Stars: Ulugh Beg’s Quest to Map the Stars and Seasons (illus. by Zelma Firdauzia) coming out in 2025. Learn more about her at

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