The Greatest Arabic 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 268 '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.

  2. 2. 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.

  3. 3. 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.

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