Samina Raja

Samina Raja
Born (1961-09-11)11 September 1961
Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan
Died 30 October 2012(2012-10-30) (aged 51)
Islamabad, Pakistan
Occupation Poet, Editor, Educationist, Broadcaster
Nationality Pakistani
Education Master of Arts
Genre Ghazal, Nazm, Nasr
Subject Literature
Notable works Aur Wisal, Parikhana, Dil e Laila, Ishqabad
Children Daniall, Jeehad, Ehed

Samina Raja (Urdu: ثمینہ راجہ ‎‎ 11 September 1961 – 30 October 2012)[1] was a Pakistani Urdu poet,[2] writer, editor, translator, educationist and broadcaster. She lived in Islamabad, Pakistan, and worked in the National Language Authority as a subject specialist.[3]

Early life

Raja was born in Bahawalpur, Pakistan. She gained a master's degree in Urdu Literature from Punjab University in Lahore. She started writing poetry in 1973 and published twelve books of poetry, two Kulliyat and one selection of her romantic poetry so far. She wrote some books in Urdu prose and edited and translated some valuable works of prose from English to Urdu.[4]

Raja joined the National Book Foundation as a consultant and as editor of the monthly Kitab in 1998. In 1998 she also joined the monthly Aassar as an editor.

She conducted All Pakistan Mushairas since 1995 on Pakistan Television (PTV). She also presented the literary program Urdu Adab Mein Aurat Ka Kirdar ("The Role of Woman in Urdu Literature") on PTV.

Raja also as a Subject Specialist in the National Language Authority, Islamabad and was planning to bring out a new literary magazine Khwabgar (the Dream Maker)'s Ahmad Faraz (a great Urdu poet) number.

Raja died of cancer in Islamabad on 31 October 2012. She was survived by three sons.[1]

Books of poetry

She started writing in 1973 and published twelve collections of poetry.

  • Huweda (1995)
  • Shehr e saba (1997)
  • Aur Wisal (1998)
  • Khwabnaey (1998)
  • Bagh e Shab (1999)
  • Bazdeed (2000)
  • Haft Aasman (2001)
  • Parikhana (2002)
  • Adan Ke Rastey Par (2003)
  • Dil e Laila (2004)
  • Ishqabad (2006)
  • Hijr Nama (2008)

She also has published two Kulliyat and one selection of her poetry,

  • Kita e Khwab (2004)
  • Kitab e Jan (2005)
  • Woh Sham Zara Si Gehri Thi (2005)

Books of prose and translations

  • Sharq Shanasi (Orientalism, 2005) translated by Edward Said
  • Bartanvi Hind Ka Mustaqbil (Verdict on India, 2007) translated by Beverley Nichols


Raja has also been the editor of four literary magazines

  • Mustaqbil (1991–1994)
  • Kitab (1998–2005)
  • Aasar (1998–2004)
  • Khwabgar (2008)


  1. ^ a b "Poet Samina Raja passes away". Pakistan News Today. 31 October 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  2. ^ Bhai, Munnoo (4 May 2003). "The class issue". Daily Times. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  3. ^ ahya., Retrieved 25 July 2014
  4. ^ jamiaashrafia., Retrieved 25 July 2014

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