This two-part course in Modern Standard Arabic for non-native speakers has been used successfully in classrooms at Arabic teaching centers around the world since its first publication in 1987. Approaching the language through a series of themed topics, Part 1 deals with daily life in the Arab world and related matters, concentrating principally on listening and speaking skills, while Part 2 looks at modern Arabic civilization, culture, and heritage, through passages on such topics as Qur'an and Hadith studies, jurisprudence and Islamic law, politics and governance, finance and economics, literature and the arts, science and medicine, engineering, mathematics, and astronomy. In each section, vocabulary is built up as various linguistic structures and strategies are introduced and practiced in a simplified introduction to Arabic grammar. A full glossary of the vocabulary items introduced in the books is given at the end of each volume, with meanings in both English and French. Comprehensive and easily digestible, varied and informative, these books make an ideal basis for a classroom-based course in Arabic anywhere in the world.