- Modern iraqi intellectual, phd in sociology from university of texas in 1950
- everyone knows him, you’ll often see entire sections dedicated to him in bookshelves, even in kurdistan, he’s adopted as a national iraqi identity figure
- quran as social text
- Bashkin, Orit. “ADVICE FROM THE PAST: ‘ALI AL-WARDI ON LITERATURE AND SOCIETY.” In Writing the Modern History of Iraq: Historiographical and Political Challenges, edited by Jordi Tejel. Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific, 2012.
- very much quoted throughout