100 Best Urdu Books

100 Best Books

Based on literary, cultural, and historical importance, this list tries to present some of the most remarkable works in Urdu. It is not limited to and includes books on history, culture, and religion.
Readers may, of course, disagree and make their own lists. The list is not in order of preference.

1. Kulliyat-i-Sauda: collected works of Mirza Rafi Sauda, one of the classical poets.

2. Kulliyat-i-Meer: collected works of Mir Taqi Mir, one of the greatest of poets.

3. Bagh-o-bahar: a dastan, written by Mir Amman, is an example of simple yet idiomatic classical prose.

4. Fasana-i-ajaib: a dastan, penned by Rajab Ali Baig Suroor, is among the samples of the most ornate classical prose.

5. Gulzar-i-Naseem: one of the best masnavis, composed by Daya Shankar Naseem.

6. Kulliyat-i-Insha Khan Insha: collected poetical works of a maestro.

7. Kulliyat-i-Nazeer Akberabadi: collected works of a classical yet modern poet.

8. Divan-i-Ghalib: one of the greatest works in poetry.

9. Khutoot-i-Ghalib: by the great bard.

10. Kulliyat-i-Zauq: collected works of one of the maestros of and idiomatic expression.

11. Sahr-ul-bayan: one of the best masnavis, composed by Mir Hasan.

12. Marasi-i-Anees: the elegies composed by one of the greatest of the genre.

13. Rubaiyaat-i-Anees: the maestro offers the best quatrains in Urdu.

14. Marasi-i-Dabeer: elegies composed by a great poet rivalled only by Anees.

15. Kulliyat-i-Aatish: collected works of another great poet of the Lucknow school.

16. Mazameen-i-Sir Syed: a selection of essays of one of the pioneers of the genre of in Urdu.

17. Bahr-ul-fasahat: a masterpiece on the art of by Najm-ul-Ghani Rampuri.

18. Kulliyat-i-Akber Allahabadi: collected poetical works of a humorist and satirist.

19. Kulliyat-i-Nazm-i-Hali: collected poetical works of one of the pioneers of modern poetry.

20. Aab-i-hayat: a critical study of and by Muhammad Hussain Azad.


21. Khayalaat-i-Azad: collected satirical essays of Nawab Syed Muhammad Azad.

22. Kala pani: an by Jafer Thanesari.

23. -un-Nabi: of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) in seven volumes, by Shibli Naumani
and Syed Sulaiman Nadvi.

24. Shair-ul-ajam: critical analysis of by Shibli Naumani.

25. Ibn-ul-vaqt: a satirical by Nazeer Ahmed Dehlvi.

26. Fasana-i-Azad: a humorous -like dastan by Pandit Ratan Nath Sarshar.

27. Sanam khana-i-ishq: a collection of ghazals by Meenai.

28. Gulzar-i-daagh: a collection of ghazals by Daagh Dehlvi.

29. Kulliyat-i-naat: by Mohsin Kakorvi, one of the best naat- of Urdu.

30. A of Urdu, classical and English: by John T. Platts.

31. Farhang-i-Asifiya: compiled by Dehlvi, it is one of the most authentic of dictionaries.

32. Umrao jaan ada: a by Mirza Hadi Rusva.

33. Muqaddama-i-shair-o-shaeri: a treatise on modern criticism and poetics by Altaf Hussain Hali.

34. Yadgar-i-Ghalib: a of by Altaf Hussain Hali.

35. Miftah-ul-qavaid: grammar in two volumes, by Fateh Muhammad Jalandhari.

36. Qavaid-i-Urdu: grammar by Moulvi Abdul Haq.

37. Kulliyat-i-Iqbal: collected works of one of the greatest of Urdu.

38. Kulliyat-i-Zafar Ali Khan: collected poetical works.

39. Noor-ul-lughaat: compiled by Noor-ul-Hasan Nayyar, a much underrated despite its merits.


40. Mazameen-i-Farhat: humorous essays by Farhatullah Baig.

41. ke afsaane: a selection of short stories.

42. Ghubaar-i-khatir: a collection of by Abul Kalam Azad.

43. Anarkali: by Imtiaz Ali Taj.

44. Manto ke afsaane: a selection of short stories.

45. Tlism-i-khayal: a collection of short by Krishan Chandr.

46. Mazaameen-i-Rasheed: satirical essays by Rasheed Ahmed Siddiqi.

47. Majmooa Hasan Askari: collected critical works of Muhammad Hasan Askari.

48. Pitras ke mazameen: humorous essays by Pitras Bukhari.

Pitras ke mazameen
Pitras ke mazameen

49. Kausar trilogy: a social and cultural of Indo-Pak subcontinent in three volumes by S.M. Ikram.

50. Bar-i-azeem Pak-o-Hind ki millat-i-Islamia: written by I.H. Qureshi, it is a comprehensive of in the subcontinent.

51. Mazaameen-i-Saleem Ahmed: the collected critical works.

52. Khutbaat: this book of Maulana Mowdoodi’s has run into over 100 editions.

53. encyclopaedia of Islam: Published by University, Lahore, in 23 volumes.

54. lughat taareekhi usool par: the most comprehensive, 22-volume published by Urdu Dictionary Board, Karachi.

55. thesaurus: compiled by Rafiq Khavaer and published by Muqtadira Qaumi Zaban, Islamabad.

56. Encyclopaedia Pakistanica: the one-volume work by Syed Qasim Mahmood.

57. Ganjeena-i-gauher: a collection of pen-sketches by Shahid Ahmed Dehlvi.

58. Bajang aamad: humorous memoirs by Colonel Muhammad Khan.

59. ki aakhri kitab: a satirical work by Ibn-i-Insah.

60. Aag ka darya: a by Qurrat-ul-Ain Hyder.

Aag ka darya: a novel by Qurrat-ul-Ain Hyder
Aag ka darya: a by Qurrat-ul-Ain Hyder

61. Khuda ki basti: a by Shaukat Siddiqi.

62. Aangan: a by Khadija Mastoor.

63. Chiragh tale: essays by one of the most prominent humorists, Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi.

64. Afkaar-i-Pareeshan: peppered with satire, the essays were written by Justice M. R. Kayani.

65. Dunya gol hai: a travelogue with Ibn-i-Insha’s typical humour.

66. Jadeed shaeri: a two-volume treatise on modern by Aziz Hamid Madani.

67. Safar dar safar: travel account by Ashfaq Ahmed, in his usual style.

68. Tareekh-i--i-: the monumental, four-volume of by Jameel Jalibi.

69. shaeri ka mizaaj: a critical work by Wazir Agha.

Wazir Agha
Wazir Agha

70. Mazameen-i-Siraj-i-Muneer: essays on literature, and history.

71. Kulliyat-e-Aziz Hamid Madani: collected poetical works.

72. Basti: a by Intizar Hussain.

73. Khama bagosh ke qalam se: satirical literary criticism by Mushfiq Khwaja.

74. Sarguzasht: memoirs by Z.A. Bukhari.

75. Zarguzasht: memoirs by Mushtaq Yousufi.

76. Aam lisaniyaat: a comprehensive work on by Gian Chand.

77. Ma fiz-zameer: a collection of humorous by Zameer Jaferi.

78. Shaukhi-i-tehreer: a collection of humorous by Syed Muhammad Jaferi.

79. Tareekh-i-falsafa: a one-volume of philosophy, translated by Moulvi Ehsaan, published by Karachi University.

80. Falsafe ke bunyadi masail: basics of philosophy, by Qazi Qaiser-ul-Islam.

81. Aam fikri mughalte: common theoretical misconceptions, written by Ali Abbas Jalalpuri.

82. Aanandi: short by Ghulam Abbas.

Aanandi by Ghulam Abbas
Aanandi by

83. Maqalat-i-Sherani: papers on and languages and by Hafiz Mahmood
Sherani, in 10 volumes.

84. Mabahis: critical essays by Syed Abdullah.

85. Lisani masael-o-lataaef: collection of interesting articles on language, by Shan-ul- Haqqee.

86. Kashshaf-e-tanqeedi istelahaat: a of literary terms by A. Hafeez Siddiqi.

87. imla: scholarly work on by Rasheed Hasan Khan.

88. Yadon ki baraat: an by Josh Maleehabadi.

89. Nuskha haae vafa: poetical works of Faiz Ahmed Faiz.

Faiz Ahmed Faiz.
Faiz Ahmed Faiz.

90. Kulliyat-i-Josh Maleehabadi: collected poetical works.

91. Tadveen-i-hadith: a of by Manazir Ahsan Geelani.

92. Khushboo: a collection of Parveen Shakir’s poetry.

93. Gulaftab: a collection of modernistic by Zafar Iqbal.

94. Parvaaz: humorous essays by Shafeeq-ur-Rahman.

95. Kulliyat-i-N. M. Rashid: collected poetical works.

96. Kulliyat-i-Majeed Amjad: collected poetical works.

97. Khutbaat-i-Bahwalpur: a collection of essays on by Dr Muhammad Hameedullah.

98. Aavaz-i-dost: cultural and historical essays by Mukhtar Masood.

99. Dar-i-dilkusha: memoirs by Sheikh Manzoor Ilahi.

100. Any by Ibn-i-Safi: the great writer of detective fiction.

Source: LITERARY NOTES: The 100 best Urdu books

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