The secret gift of reading is time.


Established in 2002, Wardah Books is located in Bussorah Street in a conservation shophouse built in the Late Style some time in the first half of the 1900s. Or to put it another way, we’re located right at the heart of the Malay/Muslim literary heritage map.

Books have always been central to Islamic culture and books remain the best technology for preserving and expounding ideas across time and space. As long as human beings continue to commit themselves to finding meaning, there will always be something to read.

The address is: 

Wardah Books,

58 Bussorah Street

Singapore 199474


We're open:

Mon-Sat: 10am to 9pm

Sun & Public Holidays: 10am to 6pm

Voice: +65 62971232

SMS/WhatsApp: +65 96583677

Email: books@wardahbooks.com​​



Wardah Books in Various Media

Aug 2017: The Bookstore Slows You Down by Nazish Zafar on Shopkeeper Stories
July 2017: Reading Promotion Video by The National Reading Movement
Jan 2017: Wardah by Faris Joraimi on S/pores​
Apr 2013: Ibrahim Tahir - The Book Curator by Aida Azlin on The 114​​

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​Past Events at Wardah Books

18 Sep 2017: Living With Myths in Singapore
Author session with Laavanya Kathiravelu and Lai Ah Eng, co-hosted with Ethos Books

26 Aug 2017: Light Upon Light
Author session and book signing with Nur Fadhilah Wahid

24 July 2017: Philosophy Night: Plato’s Symposium
A Reading and Discussion with Prof Edward Omar Moad

26 April 2017: Kampung Tempe: Voices from a Malay Village
Author session with Dr Yahaya Sanusi and Hidayah Amin

15 March 2017: Empty & the Ocean
Author session with Baraka Blue

11 Nov 2016: The Paper Trail: The Independent Bookstore Strikes Back
First stop of Singapore Writers Festival Tour

17 Aug 2016: The Two Sandals: Intention, Attention and the Journey of Becoming Human
Workshop with Amran Sofiyan


24 Feb 2016: Faith in Architecture: 50 Houses of Worship in Singapore

Author session with Dr Gul Inanc and Dr Ho Chee Lick​


17 Aug 2015: Truth-seekers @ Haji Lane
Author session with Maryam Amelie

3 Aug 2015: Philosophy Sessions: Confronting the Moral Nihilism of the Age
Discussion with Prof Edward Omar Moad

16 Nov 2014: The Spider and the Doves: The Story of the Hijra
Little Wayfarers storytellers session with children

23 Aug 2014: Madame Blossom's Book of Poems
Author session with Erni Kassim

23 Aug 2014: Finding Jamilah and The Story of Yusuf
Author session with Raidah Shah Idil

8 July 2014: Ter-ba-BOM! Heritage Hunt
Malay Heritage Centre

22 Nov 2012: 30th Commemoration of the Massacre at Sabra and Shatila
Sharing session with Hidayah Amin and Dr Radiah Salim

2 July 2012 Kampung Memories: A Life's Journey, Revisited
Author session with Sharifah Hamzah

7 May 2012: Malay Sketches
Author session with Alfian Sa'at

21 Dec 2011: No Hard Feelings: A Reporter's Memoir
Author session with Ismail Kassim

13 Dec 2011: And the Sky Is Not the Limit: Loving Attention and Unconditional Service
Author session with Amatullah Armstrong

27 July 2011: Philosophical Foundations of Islamic Metaphysics Part 3
Discussion with Prof Edward Omar Moad

20 July 2011: Philosophical Foundations of Islamic Metaphysics Part 2
Discussion with Prof Edward Omar Moad

13 July 2011: Philosophical Foundations of Islamic Metaphysics Part 1
Discussion with Prof Edward Omar Moad

20 Jan 2011: Ibn Arabi: The Brotherhood of Milk
Discussion circle with Stephen Hirtenstein

8 Jan 2011: The Unlimited Mercifier: The Spiritual Life and Thought of Ibn 'Arabi
Author session with Stephen Hirtenstein

16 Oct 2010: Notebooks from Makkah & Madinah
Author session with Shafiq Morton

28 March 2010: Gedung Kuning: Memories of a Malay Childhood
Author session with Hidayah Amin

14 March 2010: The Old Woman and the Eagle by Idries Shah
Story and Song with Oniatta Effendi and Tengku Adil Bahdar

28 Dec 2009: Qasida al-Burdah
Qasida and discussion with Habib Hasan Alkaf

19 Dec 2009: Qasidah: An Introduction
Songs and discussion with Maadihul Mustafa

5 Dec 2009: The Boy With No Name by Idries Shah
Story and Song with Oniatta Effendi and Art Fazil (See video)

28 Nov 2009: A History of Amnesia, the Electric Ghazals

Poetry session with Alfian Sa'at​


10 Oct 2009: Whoso Knoweth Himself ... of Awhad al-din Balyan​i

Study circle with Adam Dupre

20 Dec 2008: Melodies of Medina CD
Autograph Session with Shaykh Fakhruddin Owaisi


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