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salaam alaikum dear muslims
can anyone reccomend any good books to self teach classical arabic? this is for a person who has pretty good tajweed so wont need to learn how to pronounce things from a teacher.
21-09-2007, 01:43 PM
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mr. kit kat
22-09-2007, 11:15 PM
Learning the Arabic language with a teacher is the best method, but I think the books mentioned below can be a useful substitute for those who do not have a teacher.
'Easy Arabic Grammar' by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar seems to be a good starting point. Although the vocabulary in this book is modern, I think it is suitable for the beginning student of Classical Arabic because most of the words are found in Classical Arabic as well. My estimate is about 70 - 80 % of the words. The nice thing about this book is that it teaches you all of the vocabulary being used in it, and all of the grammatical concepts are presented in an easy approach. The book uses both Arabic script and transliteration, but the transliteration should be avoided by anyone who already knows how to read the Arabic script to ensure proper pronounciation.
After completing this book, I would suggest 'Access to Qur'anic Arabic' by Abdul Wahid Hamid. This course focuses specifically on Qur'anic Arabic as the title suggests. It covers some of the essential grammar for reading the Qur'an and it covers all of the most common words in the Qur'an. One of its nice points is the application of its grammar points with many Qur'anic examples and other exercises.
By the time 'Access to Qur'anic Arabic' is finished, the student should not have trouble using a Hans Wehr dictonary. Using a dictionary like this opens up the student to using a lot of different materials such Qisas an-Nabiyeen. At this point or perhaps while going through ‘Access to Qur’anic Arabic’, 'Introducing Arabic' by Micheal Mumisa would be very helpful. Written in English, it covers most of the concepts taught in al-Ajarumiyyah, and the Arabic grammar terminology it uses will be very beneficial when one starts to read grammar books in the original Arabic.
Besides this, there is also the option of taking Arabic courses on Sunnipath.
And Allah knows best.
27-09-2007, 02:14 PM
This is the first participation for me on the site. And I ask God to be more satisfactory to help those who wish to learn Arabic in a proper way. In my browsing at the sites. I found a site can teach Arabic free, specialized in teaching Arabic language for non Arabs, as well as teaches characters and much more.
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