Where do you find Shia books?

Where do you find Shia books?

There are numerous online book stores

So where can you find Shia Islamic books?  I asked people on Shia forums to share their sources and conducted Internet searches, and here are the fruits of that labor for your use.

There are numerous online book stores

There is a lot to be said for the digitized Islamic texts gradually being made available online through the work of many hard-working volunteers.  If you’re like me, those online documents are great for looking something up, but when you want to read a book cover to cover or carry it with you, nothing compares to an actual book.  

So where can you find Shia Islamic books?  I asked people on Shia forums to share their sources and conducted Internet searches, and here are the fruits of that labor for your use.

The following websites seem to be the top choices for Shia Islamic books in terms of accessibility, selection, and quality.

1)

http://al-khoei.org/catalog/

and

http://media.al-khoei.org/catalog/

This is the online catalog of the Al-Khoei Center in New York with English titles, as well as Arabic, Urdu, and Farsi.  Cheaper prices can sometimes be found elsewhere, so it pays to shop around.  But this site has a strong selection that is regularly updated, the best search options, fast shipping, and interactive features such as reviews by readers and updates.  You can also make secure donations to Shia Islamic charity needs from the store just as you would purchase a book.

2)

http://www.islamicbooks.org/booklist.html

This site has a variety of books but specializes in the low-cost P.E.T. publications.  Based in the US; low shipping costs.  You do have to click a few too many times to put a book in the cart, but it is well worth it!

3)

http://www.eimaan.co.uk/

This site ships from UK has an up-to-date selection including some unique gift items and DVD/CD offerings.  The overseas shipping is compensated for by the selection. 

4)

http://www.academyofislam.com/shop/default.asp

This site offers a smaller selection, but is notable for its excellent item descriptions, good prices and some unique or rare offerings.  It is run by the family that has published a number of great prayer books and children’s workbooks under the name Tayyiba Publishers.  They ship only in the United States. 

5)

http://www.mihrab.com/

This website is based in Canada.  It has a good selection that includes some titles rarely seen or unable elsewhere.  A few nice features are that you can add multiple items from  a page to your cart at once, you can easily convert currency, and you can pay conveniently by PayPal.  It is a little harder to search than some sites but worth spending the time. 

6)

http://www.ansariyan.org/ansariyan/pages/home_e/alpha.php

The ultra-ubiquitous publisher ships from Iran, so to use this site you have to be willing to tolerate shipping times counted in months rather than days or weeks.  It has a very large selection in a variety of languages, including English, Arabic, Urdu, Farsi, French, Azerbaijani, Turkish, Russian, Tajikistani, Spanish, German and few others. 

And here are the runners-up: these sites may be less appealing due to lower selection, increased shipping costs or delays, or  poorly functioning websites.

http://www.wilayahnetwork.com/onlineshop/shopmain.asp

This site offers a decent selection, but some links don’t work, and some item descriptions are a bit vague.

http://www.alitrah.info/

Appears modeled after Khoei.org in design, based in Dar e Salaam, Tanzania.  Good prices, but that will be countered by shipping costs and time.  Descriptions of books lacking, yet has a good selection.

http://www.shiabookshop.com/

This site is based in Pakistan, books in Urdu only, payment in Rupees. 

http://www.winislam.com/web/welcome.html

Free books by request, shipped from India.  Limited selection but some unique titles and good Da’wah titles. 

http://www.al-haqq.com/tmp.html

Online purchase does not seem to fully arranged, but many are available in PDF format for free download as well as purchase – high quality works.

http://www.alhidaaya.org/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&itemid=129

No books here, but good multimedia: Qur’an and D’ua multimedia, including for iPods.

http://www.fadakbooks.com/index.html

Specializes in Arabic language books.

http://www.islamicbookstore.org.uk/

Located in UK, accepts Paypal.

http://www.knkpublications.com/

Beautiful quality publisher of a few Shia books.  Their online shopping capability seems to be down, but you can order by contacting them or can find many of their titles at other sellers.

http://stores.lulu.com/islamicbooks

Br. Hamid Waqar self-publishes translations and works not available elsewhere, including English translation of risalahs of Ayatollahs Khameini and Khomeini.  Can purchase for download or print.

http://www.al-islam.org/publishers/mtrust/index.htm

Muhammadi Trust publishes beautiful books.  You can view their covers and read description but they do not seem to sell them directly from the site.

http://www.musavilari.org/

You can download or request free copies of Musavi Lari’s excellent works in many languages. 

http://www.petbooks.20m.com/

Based in Pakistan, the old classic mainstay of basic Shia books.  It does not seem to be functioning for online sales at this time.

http://www.koranusa.org/

Tahrike Tarsile Qur’an.  The online sales feature is not currently functioning.

http://www.shiabooks.ca/online_orders.htm

Excellent beautiful editions of works new in English.  Very small selection, but must-haves.  Based in Canada.  You can also find these at other sellers.

http://www.dartabligh.org/books/

Good selection, based in Tanzania.

http://www.alfain.net/

This one has no English interface available, but was recommended by a few people.

And now for a few more sites to keep in mind.  These sellers do not specialize in offering Shia material and are not owned by Shias as far as I know.

http://www.soundvision.com/shop/

Not Shia, but has good selection of neutral children’s material and multimedia.

http://www.halalco.com/

Also not Shia, does stock a few Shia titles and is notable for its extensive collection of numerous versions of Qur’an and Qur’an translations.

http://www.abebooks.com/

and

http://www.amazon.com/

Both AbeBooks and Amazon have an ever-increasing collection of Shia books.   Try these if you are looking for a specific title, especially if it is out of print – the used book sellers can offer surprising finds with the great ease of the AbeBooks and Amazon interfaces.

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39 Comments

  1. Asad
    January 29, 02:48
    Thanks for the great list. This is good to have as a resource. Though I still feel like I have yet to see a really quality Online Shia Bookstore, in look and features.
  2. farha
    July 21, 05:29
    Its great to get a long list of shia books on net for people like me who dont have time to go and search for books.Its simply great.
  3. Syed-Rizwan Rizvi
    September 04, 10:28
    You can find the biggest collection of Shia books online in PDf format for free reading and download at www.rizvia.com/findbook.asp which is a subsidiary site of www.ziaraat.com
  4. Hussanipoint.com
    October 24, 11:41
    You can get shia urdu islamic books by clicking following link<br /><br />http://www.hussanipoint.com/e-books.htm
  5. RB ABBASI
    February 02, 03:31
    I WOULD LIKE TO READ ISLAMIC BOOKS PLEASE MAY KINDLY BE SEND ME AS BELLOW ADDRESS PLEASE<br /><br />RB ABBASI <br />ABBASI MOHALL SOBHODERO<br />PO SOBHODERO<br />DIST: KHAIRPUR- SINDH PAK
  6. CLEMENT AFFUL
    February 05, 12:44
    PLEASE SIR I WANT YOU TO SEND ME A FREE HOLY BOOKS OF YOU AND PLEASE MAIL IT ON,<br /> P.O.BOX SN 335<br /> SANTASI-KUMASI<br /> GHANA
  7. OJ
    February 05, 15:33
    If you have access to internet perhaps you can visit the following website and read as many books as you wish for free.<br /><br />http://www.al-islam.org/organizations/dilp/index2.htm
  8. Sir please send me islamic books at following address<br />Zafar Ali Unar<br />Village Purana Abad<br />Teh. Bakrani Distt. Larkana<br />Sindh Pakistan
  9. Bassam Hilli
    January 22, 07:29
    The largest collection of Shia books can be found at www.al-khoei.org/catalog, who offer excellent service for the book seekers.
  10. Goodword - one of the leading online Islamic book stores offers a wide range of Islamic books and DVDs. Buy Quran stories for kids, Islamic school books, Quran translations, and other Islamic books and products
  11. tauseef
    July 05, 07:50
    there is only one Allah , one Prophet (s.a.w) (i.e. last prophet ...otherwise there have been lakhs in old tmes ) and only one Islam ..but you shia separate yourself from others ....this is really bad ....i doubt if you are stil in the fold of islam
  12. Tauseef, YOU'RE the one who is separating Shias from Islam -- what is your evidence that we are not Muslims?
  13. ShiaHub
    September 05, 13:52
    Salams, <br /><br />Just found out this list and thought of adding our link here. We've recently opened and specifically are trying to fill the void of a good Shia Islamic bookstore. Please let us know if you've any thoughts by emailing us at info@shiahub.com<br /><br />Thanks,<br />The ShiaHub Team<br />http://www.shiahub.com/
  14. Amina
    September 12, 15:41
    Salaam<br /><br />You can find some good Shia books at www.icaspress.com<br /><br />Take care
  15. s_muhammad
    September 12, 15:46
    any site where i can find works of classical shia scholars like sh kulainni ,saduq, tusi etc?<br />or any scribd profile?
  16. RE: s_muhammad
    September 12, 19:58
    Most of those are not translated into English. The Arabic can be found at al-shia.org and rafed.net.
  17. الصلاة والتسليم علي نبينامحمد وعلي آله الأطهار وصحبه الأجمعين<br /> جمعية البيت الخير تحت إشراف جمعية الشيخ عبدالملك فيصل والدراسات الإسلامية بالجمهوربة الغانا.<br /> السلام عليكم ورحمة الله تعالي وبركاته<br />علما بأن جمعية البيت الخير الدراسات الإسلامية في جمهورية الغانا<br />معروفة بالدعوة والدراسات الإسلامية .<br />ياإخوةالإسلامية والإيمام نرجوا منكم وأن تساعدونا بالمصاحف الشريف وببعض كتب الإسلامية لأبناء المدارسنا ولأنهالمسلمين وعددطلابها 305<br /> السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته<br /> عنوان المدرسة إدارة المسرف الجمعية البيت الخير للدعوة والدراسات الإسلامية<br />sheikh mohammed mubaarik mohammed<br />P.O.BOX AS 186, ASAWASI-KUMASI<br /> GHANA-WESTAFRICA
  18. jaffar swamad
    December 19, 23:24
    can somebody please tell me where to order the book Qayamat-e-Sughra. i will be grateful to God. :roll:
    • Munaqqabah
      January 27, 12:55
      Jaffar, try this:<br />http://www.shiabookshop.com/viewcategories.asp?ID=13&subj=English%20books or <br />http://www.shiabookshop.com/Order.asp<br />book code: 13039<br />Author: M. A. Qamar Zaidi<br />book: Qayamat-e-sughra<br /><br />Hope you find this useful. :-)
  19. Talba
    April 05, 17:13
    After going through some of the site you mentioned above, i have not yet found a book titled "our economy" by Sheikh Baqir Sadr. kindly assist. my email is as follows; ashaheed@yahoo.co.uk. Stay blessed. Thank you.
  20. masooma
    April 05, 17:25
    I think it is out of print. There is one for more than $100 on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Our-Economics-Iqtisaduna-v-1/dp/1900560070/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1302024295&sr=8-2
  21. Ali Abbas
    June 08, 05:15
    Get us, to buy online Imamia Jantri and Islamic Books at Jantri.net FREE shipping for all Islamic books
  22. Salams,<br /> Alhamdulilah, i believe most of the sites are okay but i personally prefer publications from ICAS Press simply because their site is updated regualrly and they have very high quality publications.<br /><br />www.icaspress.com<br /><br />WS.
  23. yes
    August 11, 13:04
    Yeah, wasalaam - <br />I don't think ICAS was around or known when this article was originally written, but yes, it should be included in the list!
  24. Islamic Stuffs
    October 01, 17:31
    Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu<br /><br />Visit this store to find a large collection of books on shi'ism<br />http://astore.amazon.com/islamic-stuffs-20
  25. One of the best sources for Shi'a books is this web site: www.amazon.com where you can order my most recent 720-page book titled KERBALA AND BEYOND: AN EPIC OF IMMORTAL HEROISM which is also available from the web sites of other huge booksellers such as Barnes and Noble. Moreover, this title is being marketed on the Internet all over the world, including countries where English is not the mother tongue. It is actually three books in one, and it includes a GLOSSARY OF ISLAMIC ITEMS the like of which you cannot find anywhere else at all. But do not take my word for it, especially since authors are always biased to their books, but just turn pages of it and see for yourself!
    • otowi
      October 12, 16:14
      Is it a new edition of the older book or a new book? Thanks.<br /><br />[quote name="Yasin T. al-Jibouri"]One of the best sources for Shi'a books is this web site: www.amazon.com where you can order my most recent 720-page book titled KERBALA AND BEYOND: AN EPIC OF IMMORTAL HEROISM which is also available from the web sites of other huge booksellers such as Barnes and Noble. Moreover, this title is being marketed on the Internet all over the world, including countries where English is not the mother tongue. It is actually three books in one, and it includes a GLOSSARY OF ISLAMIC ITEMS the like of which you cannot find anywhere else at all. But do not take my word for it, especially since authors are always biased to their books, but just turn pages of it and see for yourself![/quote]
      • Yes, it is a new edition of the one published in Qum, Iran, by Ansariyan Publications. This one falls in 720 pages, more than twice the size of the one that precedes it (which falls in 331 pages). It, therefore, carries more details, particularly sermons and poems relevant to the tragedy. Its GLOSSARY is a whole book by itself. At present (October 2011), the book is available in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and the Scandinavian countries and will Insha-Allah soon be available in Japan, Southeast Asia and South Africa where it is already advertised. And it is priced to sell: only $15.38 for the softcover edition which some Internet-based stores have even further discounted!
        • In addition to the above (with regard to KERBALA AND BEYOND: AN EPIC OF IMMORTAL HEROISM), I would like to add that I have just found out that this book is also available in Germany, France and Italy, but I think it will take readers in these countries longer to get it it because sellers will have to have it printed in the U.S. then shipped to them. The time difference, however, should not exceed 4 days.
        • otowi
          October 13, 17:51
          Are the sermons and poems translated to English or do they remain in Arabic?<br /><br />Thank you.
  26. Masha-Allah, sales of copies of KERBALA AND BEYOND: AN EPIC OF IMMORTAL HEROISM book are SKY-ROCKETING, it is unbelievable, only one month after it became available! In the future, when presses stop, it is likely each copy will sell for many times its original price. But the value of this book is not measured by dollars, it is measured by the extent of the thorough research, data and information it contains. Some web sites, such as www.amazon.com, allow you to preview some of its pages. If you do so, you will understand exactly what I mean!
  27. Hussain
    February 12, 14:48
    Www.islamicblessings.com<br />This web site has excellent shia books, audio with topics and great shia videos.

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