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11 September 1961|
Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan
|Died||30 October 2012
|Occupation||Poet, Editor, Educationist, Broadcaster|
|Genres||Ghazal, Nazm, Nasr|
|Notable work(s)||Aur Wisal, Parikhana, Dil e Laila, Ishqabad|
|Notable award(s)||Prime Minister Award|
|Children||Daniall, Jeehad, Ehed|
Samina Raja (Urdu: ثمینہ راجہ 11 September 1961 – 30 October 2012) was a Pakistani poet, writer, editor, translator, educationist and broadcaster who wrote in Urdu. She lived in Islamabad, Pakistan, and worked in the National Language Authority as a subject specialist.
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.
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.
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)