Stories from the Arab world – al-hakawati

Thanks to Nadia for letting me know about this excellent resource:

al-hakawati is a free educational resource and reference, and offers an invaluable resource for teachers, researchers, and students at all levels who are interested in learning about the Arab world.

al-hakawati is an Arabic language digital library that tells the story of Arab heritage and civilizations through folktales and fairy tales from the Arab and Islamic past, through biographies of personalities ancient to modern, artists and their arts, architecture, the environment, religion, and more. The content of al-hakawati covers the 22 member states of the Arab League and is arranged thematically in ten sections. The team at al-hakawati produces all of the content, helping fill a vital need for high-quality digital Arabic content on the Internet.   

The 10 sections that articles are filed under are: Stories and Fairytales, People, Countries, Towns, Books and Civilisations, Art and Artists, Society and Traditions, Environment and Nature, Architecture, Religions

al-hakawati also welcomes readers’ contributions to the content. Contact  with inquiries or submissions.

al-hakawati is a project of the Arab Cultural Trust, an independent non-profit educational organization based in Cape May, New Jersey and Beirut, Lebanon.


About Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp

Literary translator from Arabic, German and Russian into English
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