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The encyclopaedia offers an enormous online collection of Arabic poetry, from pre-Islamic times up to the present
The largest and most comprehensive multimedia database of Arabic poetry in the world, the Poetry Encyclopaedia website provides access to thousands of poems, in both text and audio form, from poets across the Arab world.


The encyclopaedia, which is only in Arabic, also includes the most respected Arabic dictionaries and hundreds of books on different aspects of Arabic language and literature.


The poetry collection ranges from the pre-Islamic era (before 630 CE) to the present, and features poets, both eminent and unpublished. 


The database is searchable by poet, by verse or phrase, or by date of authorship. Visitors can browse the complete index of poets and poetry, find poet biographies, learn about different Arabic poetry styles, and read literary analyses.


The richness of the database and granularity of search options make the encyclopaedia a valuable and reliable source for scholars, researchers, academics, students and poetry lovers.


An initiative of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, the Poetry Encyclopaedia is the result of more than 20 years of research, documentation and electronic reproduction of poetry and literature by numerous researchers, experts and advisory committees.
For more information on the Poetry Encyclopaedia, click here.

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The Poetry Encyclopaedia contains more than 143,000 Arabic poems.

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