Islamic literature, Arabic literature, Urdu; a list of websites

Islamic literature, Arabic, Persian literature

See also: Persian/Iranian literature

The Arabian Nights *

The Book of One Thousand and One Nights
Wikipedia entry.

Arabian Nights. With an annotated Index
Gateway site to the ASCII text of Sir Richard Burton’s unexpurgated translation.

Arabic literature *

International Prize for Arabic Fiction
The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) is one of the most prestigious and important literary prizes in the Arab world.

Arabic/Middle Eastern general literature and culture portal.

Arabic Poetry Page
A comprehensive Arabic poetry collection.

Women’s literary salons and societies in the Arab World

Islamic literature *

Islamic literature.
Wikipedia entry. Authentic Islamic Literature
A collection of Islamic literature, including the Qur’an, Hadith, Tafseer (commentary), and related articles.

Khali Sakakini Cultural Centre

Encyclopedia Iranica
The Encyclopædia Iranica is a comprehensive research tool dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent.

Islamic Literature 

Popular Islamic Literature Books. Goodreads

The Koran/Qur’an *

The Koran. Qur’ an
Wikipedia entry.

Global Quran
Translations in over 30 different languages.

The Qur’an
Three translations (Yusuf Ali, Shakir, and Pickthal). Abul Ala Maududi’s chapter introductions to the Qur’ān.

Quran Translation with Commentaries
E-book of Yusuf Ali Translation with commentaries.

The Qur’an
The Internet Sacred Text Archive

Online Quran Classes for Online Quran Courses
A reliable online Quran school for online Quran classes include Quran reading, Quran memorization, Quran translation, online Hadith and online Fiqh courses.


Libyan arts, music and literature.

Muslim texts
A Compendium of Muslim Texts. Allah, Muhammad, Qur’an, Sunnah, Pillars.
Also: Economics, History, law and politics. Qur’an search, Hadeeth search, glossary. University of Southern California


The Packard Humanities Institute
Persian Texts in Translation. Author and title lists.

Urdu poetry

Urdu poetry, Wikipedia entry.

Poetry Pakistanway

Urdu Poetry Portal
A collection of Urdu Poetry of famous Indian and Pakistani Poets.

Persian poetry *

List of Persian poets and authors. Wikipedia

THE IRANIAN: Poetry, Rumi.


Hafiz Life & Poetry
Divan-e Hafiz (Hafez) in Persian and English, Fal-e Hafiz (divination by the oracle of Shiraz), biography, picture gallery and links.

Hafez: The Poetry Foundation

Falehafez/ Love Poems of Hafez

Wikipedia entry on Hafez


Jalal al-Din Rumi. Poems from

Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi. Poem Hunter

Works by Rumi. The Internet Archive

The Rumi Network

Rumi’s Quatrains
Translated into English by Zara Houshmand.