Cultural Connectives by Rana Abou Rjeily
Given that I have no plans to learn Arabic, you might wonder why I bothered at all. After reading the great review at Brain Pickings (which is far better than the one you are reading) I requested it from the library and a couple days later it was mine to peruse. I found it very easy to go through (the whole book only took about 45 minutes), informative (as I learned a few little facts), and very interesting from an artistic and typographic perspective.
Highly recommend for those interested in design, typography and, of course, learning Arabic.
(but you might want to just get it from the library)