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Islamic Studies: Literature

Selected resources for studying Islam and the diverse perspectives of Muslims.

World Digital Library

Books on Literature

International fiction by Muslim authors

Islamic Heritage Project at Harvard

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Islamic Heritage Project at Harvard
Harvard's Library has digitized hundreds of Islamic manuscripts, maps, and published texts from its vast holdings.  The items date from the 13th to the 20th centuries and cover subjects including rhetoric, logic, philosophy, calligraphy, medicine, and law.  Most materials are in languages other than English.

Excellent Resource


  • Arabic Poems  
    Non academic site providing a number of poems in Arabic along with short biographies of the cited poets. Selected biographies and lyrics translated into English.
    NOTE: long loading time !
  • Jihat al-Shi’r/ Jehat al Shear  
    Good source for modern Arabic poetry. In Arabic. English, French, Italian, and Spanish.
  • Islamic Philosophy Online  
    Contains "hundreds of full-length books and articles on Islamic philosophy, ranging from the classical texts in the canon of Islamic philosophy to modern works of Muslim philosophy."