'Arabic Grammar of The Written Language'
earned its name in teaching the Arabic
Language correctly by means of English. Being
a teacher, the author of this book felt
difficulties of students and he solved the
problems in it. As Arabic is not an easy and
easily comprehensive language to those who
are non-Muslim or also Muslim unknown to
Arabic, the author tried his level best to put
lessons serially as in English Grammar. In
Arabic much attention is paid to pronunciation
like Zebr, Zer etc. In English they are also
symbolized and taught how to pronounce
them. In supplement a few extracts from
Qur'an and other works of this class are given
to exercise the learners. Vocabularies of
Arabic-English and English-Arabic meet the
basic problems of readers. Index of the same
languages is also very useful to them.
During the last ten years of my teaching of Arabic
I have often found that my pupils had received much
help from Harder's Arabic Grammar', and have been
asked whether there was a similar work in English.
When I was asked by the firm of Julius Groos to write
such a work using Harder to any extent, I gladly
consented, and trust this Grammar may be useful to
many students of Arabic, who cannot read German.
The present work is a grammar of Arabic as in
has been and is written. The spoken language varies
in Arabia, Egypt, Syria, Morocco etc. But the written
language is the same for all; the chief difference
between the modern and ancient literature consisting
in 'the introduction of new words to meet the requirements of advanced knowledge.
Each lesson should be thoroughly mastered before
the next is studied. Each exercise should be carefully
worked and compared with the key.
In the supplement only a few extracts from older
books are given, as the Koran and other works of this
class can easily be obtained. Special attention is given
on the other hand to selection from modern novels,
journals and correspondence.
To those who wish to study the grammar of the
classical Arabic further I would recommend the last
edition of Wright's Arabic Grammar published by the
Cambridge University Press.
The various styles of Arabic handwriting may be
studied in the Specimens d'ecritures Arabes (with key)
published at the Imprimerie Catholique in Beyrouth.
A handy guide to Arabic literature is M. C. Stuart's "Arabic Literature" London 1903. Sydney (New South Wales), September 1910.
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