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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 , , and .
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 Urdu .

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

5. Gulzar-i-Naseem: one of the best Urdu 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-: one of the greatest works in Urdu .

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

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

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

12. Marasi-i-Anees: the elegies composed by one of the greatest poets 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 Urdu poetry.

20. Aab-i-hayat: a critical study of Urdu poetry and poets by .

Aab-i-hayat
Aab-i-hayat

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 .

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

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

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

27. Sanam khana-i-ishq: a collection of ghazals by Ameer 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 Urdu dictionaries.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Noor-ul-lughaat
Noor-ul-lughaat

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

41. ke afsaane: a selection of short .

42. Ghubaar-i-khatir: a collection of letters 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 stories 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 .

Pitras ke mazameen
Pitras ke mazameen

49. Kausar trilogy: a social and cultural history 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 history of in the subcontinent.

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

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

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

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

55. Urdu 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 .

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

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

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

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

61. Khuda ki basti: a novel by Shaukat Siddiqi.

62. Aangan: a novel 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 Urdu shaeri: a two-volume treatise on modern Urdu poetry by Aziz Hamid Madani.

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

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

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

Wazir Agha
Wazir Agha

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

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

72. Basti: a novel 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 poetry by Zameer Jaferi.

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

79. Tareekh-i-falsafa: a one-volume history 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 stories by .

Aanandi by Ghulam Abbas
Aanandi by Ghulam Abbas

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

84. Mabahis: critical essays by Syed .

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

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

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

88. Yadon ki baraat: an autobiography by Josh Maleehabadi.

89. Nuskha haae vafa: poetical works of .

Faiz Ahmed Faiz.
Faiz Ahmed Faiz.

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

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

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

93. Gulaftab: a collection of modernistic poetry 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 Islam by Dr Muhammad Hameedullah.

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

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

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

Source: LITERARY NOTES: The 100 best Urdu books

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