Faculty of Literature (Adab)

Among the Fatimi Arabic literary texts studied at Aljamea are the works of writers such as al-Syed al-Amīr al-Tamim, Syedna al-Muayyad al-Shirazi RA, Syedna Ali bin al-Maula Mohammed al-Walīd RA, Syedna Taher Saifuddin RA and Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin RA. An in-depth study of the corpus of Lisān al-Daʿwa literature and literary works of key authors such as Syedi Abdeʿali ʿImaduddin QR, Syedi Sadiqʿali Saheb QR and Syedi Luqmanjee Saheb QR are an integral part of the curriculum.

Notable poets of Arabic literature such as al-Mutanabbi, Ibn Hāni al-Andalusi, Sharif Raḍi and Ahmed Shawqī together with prominent poets of the English langauge comprise parts of the course.

The study of literature comprises of the following:

  • Principles of literature
  • History of literature
  • Literary techniques
  • Introductory applied linguistics
  • Literary analysis
  • Literary genres
  • Development of composition skills
  • Refinement of oratory skills and techniques
  • Urdu literature

In addition to these areas of study, each year is assigned specific core topics:

YearCore Topics
 1 & 2


  • Quranic literature


  • Study of key literary figures


  • Shakespeare and his contemporaries
  • Victorian literature and culture
  • Critical perspectives


  • Pre-Islamic Arabic literature


  • Modern Arabic literature
  • Islamic Arabic literature


  • Comparative study of Urdu, Arabic and Lisan al-Daʿwa literature
 8 & 9


  • Study of the Maqāmāt genre (assemblies)
  • Classical literature
  • Romanticism
 10 & 11


  • Contemporary writing
  • Modernism
  • Post-colonial writing
  • Arabic lexicology