The Greatest Arabic, English Books of All Time

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This list represents a comprehensive and trusted collection of the greatest books. Developed through a specialized algorithm, it brings together 305 'best of' book lists to form a definitive guide to the world's most acclaimed books. For those interested in how these books are chosen, additional details can be found on the rankings page.

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  1. 1. The Quran by Unknown

    This book is a compilation of the religious text of Islam, believed by Muslims to be a revelation from God. It is divided into chapters, which are then divided into verses. The text discusses various aspects of life and provides guidance on morality, ethics, law, and personal conduct. It also includes narratives of several prophets, their lives, and their interactions with their communities. The book is considered the ultimate source of spiritual guidance for Muslims worldwide.

    The 444th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

    "Black Beauty" is a heartwarming and poignant novel that follows the life of a beautiful black horse named Black Beauty. From his early years as a carefree colt to his later life as a loyal and hardworking carriage horse, Black Beauty encounters various owners and experiences both kindness and cruelty. Through his eyes, readers witness the mistreatment of horses and the importance of compassion and empathy towards animals. This timeless classic serves as a powerful reminder of the enduring bond between humans and animals.

    The 447th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

    "Northanger Abbey" is a coming-of-age novel that follows the story of Catherine Morland, a young and naive girl who is invited to stay with the wealthy Tilney family at their estate, Northanger Abbey. Catherine's imagination is fueled by her love for gothic novels, leading her to create fantastical scenarios in her mind. As she navigates the complexities of society and falls in love, Catherine learns valuable lessons about the dangers of letting her imagination run wild and the importance of distinguishing reality from fiction.

    The 998th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Mary Poppins by PL Travers

    In this beloved classic, a magical and enigmatic nanny named Mary Poppins arrives at the Banks' household to care for their mischievous children. With her peculiar and extraordinary abilities, Mary Poppins takes the children on whimsical adventures, teaching them valuable life lessons along the way. As the family learns to appreciate the wonder and joy in everyday life, Mary Poppins proves that even the most ordinary moments can be extraordinary.

    The 1095th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Ghost Stories Of An Antiquary by M. R. James

    "Ghost Stories of an Antiquary" is a collection of chilling tales that delve into the supernatural and macabre. Written by M. R. James, these stories transport readers to eerie settings, where ancient artifacts, haunted houses, and vengeful spirits lurk. With a masterful blend of suspense and atmospheric descriptions, James weaves narratives that leave readers on the edge of their seats, questioning the boundaries between the real and the supernatural. Each story is a haunting exploration of the human psyche and the terrifying unknown, making this collection a must-read for fans of classic ghost stories.

    The 1470th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. Troilus And Criseyde by Geoffrey Chaucer

    The narrative is a medieval romance that tells the tragic tale of the young Trojan prince Troilus and his doomed love affair with the beautiful Criseyde amidst the backdrop of the Trojan War. After falling deeply in love with Criseyde, Troilus's happiness is short-lived as political circumstances force her to leave Troy and join the Greek camp. Despite her initial vow to remain faithful, Criseyde succumbs to the advances of the Greek warrior Diomedes, leaving Troilus heartbroken and disillusioned. The story explores themes of love, fate, and the capricious nature of fortune, ultimately leading to Troilus's untimely death on the battlefield, as he is unable to reconcile his loss and despair.

    The 1761st Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. The Arabian Nightmare by Robert Irwin

    "The Arabian Nightmare" is a captivating and surreal journey through the dreams and nightmares of a young scholar named Abdulla. Set in medieval Cairo, the book explores the blurred lines between reality and fantasy as Abdulla becomes entangled in a web of magical creatures, mythical beings, and supernatural occurrences. With richly descriptive prose and a deep understanding of Arabian folklore, the story delves into themes of identity, love, and the power of storytelling, leaving readers questioning the nature of dreams and the boundaries of the human imagination.

    The 1974th Greatest Book of All Time
  8. 8. Death On The Nile by Agatha Christie

    "Death On The Nile" is a thrilling murder mystery set aboard a luxurious Nile river cruise. When a young and beautiful heiress is found dead, renowned detective Hercule Poirot must navigate a web of deceit, jealousy, and hidden motives to uncover the truth behind her untimely demise. As the suspects become increasingly desperate to protect their secrets, Poirot races against time to solve the puzzle before the killer strikes again.

    The 2078th Greatest Book of All Time
  9. 9. The White Devil by John Webster

    "The White Devil" is a gripping and darkly captivating play that delves into the themes of revenge, corruption, and deceit. Set in 16th century Italy, the story follows the lives of two powerful families, the Brachiano and the Medici, as they engage in a web of treachery and manipulation. As tensions rise and secrets unravel, the characters are consumed by their own desires, leading to a tragic and bloody climax. With its complex characters and intricate plot, "The White Devil" explores the depths of human nature and the destructive consequences of unchecked ambition.

    The 2375th Greatest Book of All Time
  10. 10. The Blazing World A New World by Margaret Cavendish

    "The Blazing World" is a pioneering work of science fiction and feminist literature that tells the story of a young woman who is kidnapped by a merchant and taken on a voyage to the North Pole, where she enters a parallel universe. In this other world, she becomes the empress of a society inhabited by a variety of hybrid creatures. The empress engages in philosophical discussions with the inhabitants and uses her power to lead a grand intellectual and military campaign back in her own world. The narrative explores themes of power, gender, and the role of science and knowledge, as the protagonist asserts her authority in a world that reflects the author's imaginative and intellectual ambitions.

    The 2940th Greatest Book of All Time
  11. 11. The Sheep Look Up by John Brunner

    "The Sheep Look Up" is a dystopian science fiction novel that presents a grim and polluted future where environmental degradation and overpopulation have reached catastrophic levels. The story follows various characters as they navigate a world plagued by toxic pollution, food shortages, and rampant disease outbreaks. With a sharp critique of corporate greed and government negligence, the novel explores the consequences of humanity's disregard for the environment and the urgent need for change.

    The 3041st Greatest Book of All Time
  12. 12. Cities Of Salt by Abd al-Rahman Munif

    The book is a sweeping narrative set in an unnamed Gulf country in the 1930s, chronicling the seismic cultural and social shifts that occur when oil is discovered in a traditional desert community. As American oil companies arrive and begin exploitation, the story unfolds through the eyes of the region's inhabitants, whose lives are irrevocably changed. The novel explores themes of colonialism, environmental destruction, and the clash between modernity and tradition, painting a vivid picture of a society in transition and the human cost of progress.

    The 3163rd Greatest Book of All Time
  13. 13. The Jewel Of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker

    "The Jewel of Seven Stars" is a gripping gothic horror novel that follows the story of a young archaeologist who becomes entangled in a mysterious and ancient curse. When an Egyptian mummy is brought to London, strange occurrences begin to unfold, leading the protagonist on a perilous journey to uncover the secrets of an ancient queen and her quest for immortality. As the suspense builds, the protagonist must confront supernatural forces and make a desperate attempt to break the curse before it consumes them all.

    The 3791st Greatest Book of All Time
  14. 14. Holy Dying by Jeremy Taylor

    The book in question is a Christian devotional work that explores the theme of death and the proper attitudes and practices one should adopt in preparation for it. It serves as a guide for the dying and those attending to them, offering theological reflections, moral instruction, and prayers intended to comfort and prepare souls for their final journey. The text emphasizes the transient nature of life, the importance of repentance, and the virtues of a holy life, aiming to provide readers with a sense of peace and a roadmap for achieving a blessed death in accordance with Christian teachings.

    The 4151st Greatest Book of All Time
  15. 15. The Changeling by Thomas and William Rowley Middleton

    "The Changeling" is a Jacobean tragedy that delves into themes of love, betrayal, and madness. The narrative centers around Beatrice-Joanna, a young woman who falls in love with Alsemero while being betrothed to another man, Alonzo. Desperate to be with her true love, she enlists the help of her father's disfigured servant, De Flores, to murder Alonzo. However, this act of violence sets off a chain of deceit and horror, as De Flores demands Beatrice-Joanna's virginity as payment for his crime. The play intertwines this main plot with a subplot set in a madhouse, using the setting to explore the thin line between sanity and insanity, ultimately leading to a tragic conclusion where the consequences of the characters' actions catch up with them.

    The 4489th Greatest Book of All Time
  16. 16. The Poet And The Lunatics by G. K. Chesterton

    "The Poet And The Lunatics" by G. K. Chesterton is a whimsical and satirical novel that follows the adventures of Gabriel Gale, a poet who finds himself entangled in a series of mysterious events. As he navigates through a world populated by eccentric characters and bizarre situations, Gabriel becomes embroiled in a plot involving secret societies, mistaken identities, and the blurred lines between sanity and madness. With his signature wit and clever wordplay, Chesterton explores the nature of art, reality, and the human condition in this delightful and thought-provoking tale.

    The 4613th Greatest Book of All Time
  17. 17. The Improvement Of Human Reason (Exhibited In The Life Of Hai Ebn Yokdhan) by Muhammad ibn Abd al-Malik Ibn Tufayl

    The book tells the story of Hai Ebn Yokdhan, a self-taught man who grows up on a deserted island, isolated from human society. Through his observations of nature and innate curiosity, he embarks on a journey of intellectual and spiritual discovery. Without guidance from others, he uses reason and empirical evidence to unlock the mysteries of the natural world, the human soul, and the divine. His quest leads him to profound insights about the nature of existence, the pursuit of truth, and the path to enlightenment, demonstrating the power of human reason to transcend the need for external instruction in the quest for knowledge and understanding.

    The 4622nd Greatest Book of All Time
  18. 18. High Citadel by Desmond Bagley

    In "High Citadel" by Desmond Bagley, a group of strangers find themselves stranded in the Andes mountains after their plane crashes. As they struggle to survive in the harsh conditions, they discover that they are not alone. With danger lurking in every corner, they must work together to overcome their differences and escape the treacherous mountain range.

    The 4632nd Greatest Book of All Time
  19. 19. ḥayy Ibn Yaqẓān by Ibn Tufayl

    "ḥayy Ibn Yaqẓān" is a philosophical novel that tells the story of Hayy Ibn Yaqzan, a child who is spontaneously generated on a desert island and raised by a doe. Growing up in isolation from human society, Hayy discovers knowledge through his own observations of nature and through rigorous reasoning. As he matures, he delves into profound inquiries about the nature of the human soul, the existence of God, and the path to true enlightenment. Eventually, he encounters another human being, which leads to a deep exploration of the differences between a life guided by pure reason and one shaped by societal norms and religion. The narrative serves as a meditation on the limits of human understanding and the pursuit of spiritual truth.

    The 4688th Greatest Book of All Time
  20. 20. Esther Waters by George Moore

    "Esther Waters" is a compelling novel that follows the life of a young woman named Esther, who works as a kitchen maid and becomes pregnant after a brief affair with a footman. Facing societal judgment and abandonment, Esther is determined to provide a better life for her child. She finds work as a nursemaid and eventually marries a coachman, only to face further challenges and heartbreak. Through Esther's journey, the novel explores themes of love, class, and the struggles of a single mother in Victorian England.

    The 5396th Greatest Book of All Time
  21. 21. The Malcontent by John Marston

    "The Malcontent" is a Jacobean-era tragicomedy that delves into themes of political intrigue, revenge, and moral corruption within a court setting. The play centers around the character Malevole, the disguised and deposed Duke Altofronto, who maneuvers through a web of deceit as he seeks to expose the hypocrisy and villainy of those who usurped his throne. Through a series of satirical and darkly humorous episodes, the protagonist navigates a treacherous court filled with unscrupulous characters, ultimately aiming to restore justice and reclaim his rightful position. The work is known for its biting wit, complex characterizations, and exploration of the human condition, reflecting the moral ambiguities of the time.

    The 6951st Greatest Book of All Time
  22. 22. Comedies, Tragedies, Poems by George Chapman

    "Comedies, Tragedies, Poems" is a comprehensive collection of the dramatic and poetic works of a significant yet often overlooked figure from the English Renaissance. The book encompasses the full range of his literary output, featuring both his comedic and tragic plays that delve into themes of love, honor, and human folly, as well as his lesser-known but equally compelling poetry. The author's work is characterized by a robust and energetic use of language, a deep engagement with classical influences, and a unique blend of philosophical depth and dramatic intensity, which has earned him a place among the noteworthy contemporaries of Shakespeare.

    The 7168th Greatest Book of All Time
  23. 23. The Complete Works In Verse And Prose Of Samuel Daniel by Samuel Daniel

    This comprehensive collection brings together the full range of literary contributions from a notable English poet and historian of the late 16th and early 17th centuries. It includes a rich tapestry of his work, featuring sonnets, epistles, and pastoral poems that reflect the poetic conventions of the Elizabethan era. The prose section reveals his historical writings and critical essays, showcasing his intellectual depth and his engagement with the political and cultural issues of his time. The compilation serves as a testament to the author's versatility and enduring influence in the canon of English literature.

    The 7168th Greatest Book of All Time
  24. 24. Astrophel And Stella by Philip Sidney

    The book is a collection of Elizabethan sonnets and songs that tell the story of the speaker's unrequited love for the beautiful and unattainable Stella. Through a series of passionate and articulate poems, the speaker, Astrophel, explores themes of love, desire, and jealousy, often employing astronomical imagery to reflect the heights of his adoration and the depths of his despair. The work is notable for its rich language and the way it captures the complexities of love, as well as for its influence on the development of the English sonnet form.

    The 7168th Greatest Book of All Time
  25. 25. 'Tis Pity She's A Whore by John Ford

    The play is a tragic tale set in Parma, Italy, centered around the forbidden love between Giovanni and his sister Annabella. Despite societal taboos and the grave moral implications, the siblings embark on an incestuous relationship, which leads to Annabella's pregnancy. As the story unfolds, their secret is threatened by external suitors, family pressures, and societal expectations, resulting in a series of deceitful acts, betrayals, and violent outcomes. The play explores themes of passion, morality, and the devastating consequences of transgressing social boundaries, culminating in a dramatic and bloody conclusion that underscores the destructive power of forbidden love.

    The 7168th Greatest Book of All Time

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