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Arabic Through the Qur'an (Islamic Texts Society)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2013
This book is well ordered and accessible. It is written (mainly, I think) for people who have English as a first language and it is in standard English. The author is truly knowledgeable in English and Qur'anic Arabic. It is clear that his many years of teaching experience have honed his skills of explaining, so that he knows what the student needs to know and his explanations are clear, relevant and as simple as the topic allows. Provided that the reader/student follows his instructions and LEARNS what he/she is told to learn while working through the book, progress should be surprisingly good!

The author also makes clear that we must keep in mind that The Qur'an was originally a spoken text and that the language is a spoken, not originally, a written language. What we may call "dramatic texts" differ considerably in their language structures from formal written texts. The author rightly advises us to take this into account.

The exercises are extremely useful. It is also possible to look up aspects of the language that may have been unclear before, such as "the jussive".

For anyone who has been taught grammar in the "English" way, this book provides a far easier entry to the Qur'anic language than books where perhaps the explanations have been translated from Arabic into Urdu and then from Urdu into English, which is a problem for many English mother tongue speakers. Such books create unnecessary difficulties, causing much to be convoluted in translation, if not exactly "lost."

In my case I have already been studying Qur'anic Arabic on my own for some time and I cannot say how suitable this book would be for a beginner or for someone with no formal English grammar background. For those with some solid background in English, however, this book is excellent!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2005
If you want to learn the Arabic of the Qur'an I strongly recommend this book. It's intelligent, thorough, serious-minded, lucid, and a joy to use. Explanations of grammar are extremely clear. The layout and print quality are really excellent, the translation exercises give plenty of practice and all answers to the exercises are provided at the back of the book, which is brilliant if you are working on your own and don't have a teacher to ask.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 6 December 2013
If you are looking to understand the Qur'an without any translation then buy this book. The author slowly builds up your vocabulary before you know it you can recognise and translate the Qur'an.

Excellent.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 6 April 2010
This is a beautifully printed book and a joy to look at. The arabic script is clear and easy to read and fully vocalised. Other well known books on literary or classical Arabic have either got miniscule vocalised script (Cowie) or clearly printed but unvocalsied script (Thackston). My view is that Arabic has such a complex grammar that the beginner needs all the help he or she can get and clear vocalised script is a must.

The grammar is clearly presented, and I can't understand the carping of another reviewer about the reliance on English grammar. It seems to me common sense to explain the unknown by the known, in this case Arabic grammar by reference to English, and to use English grammatical terms.

(Hands up those who know what 'noun', 'verb','pronoun' etc mean.

Well done.

Now, hands up those who can name the equivalent Arabic terms .....)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2013
I bought this book after reading info from websites on google and watching scholarly youtube videos as to how to concentrate more on my salah(prayers) to Allah (swt), some suggestions to combat my problem were: to think of death and afterlife; praying as if Allah (swt) is infront of you; imagining your at Khana Kaba; dismissing other thoughts about day to day issues out of your mind when they arise in salah and not entertaining those thoughts as satan is reminding you of your problems in order to distract you; (and in relation to this review) learning the translation of the arabic your saying in prayer...inshallah!

I wrote down the translation of the salah from a book which helped and improved my concentration, as i was thinking of the english translation of the sentence i was saying in arabic! Although i did find myself when trying to remember the translation forgetting bits of it, summarising it and then generalizing an creating an overall theme in my mind as to what it is about. I'm wanting to know word for word what i'm saying as i'm saying it, so that it becomes automatic to me when i'm doing salah instead of trying to think and remember the translation. Inshallah this book will help me. My next target would then be to apply this learning to the quran, so that i'm recognising and understanding the words that i'm reading. Inshallah it will also help me to make dua's in arabic instead of english (which is acceptable) but i would prefer to do that in arabic, the language of the quran. Inshallah i will achieve this.

My thanks go to the author of this book and the people he acknowledged that helped him to make it - Ma'shallah...I'm so glad i found this book (which i received 2 days after placing my order) that will inshallah strengthen my religion.
I'm excited to start my first exercise, the book is very well laid out: it goes through the lesson and teaches you about the words you need to learn/memorise; it then gives you the vocabulary list of the words that were used in the lesson,and it ends with the excerise (where only the arabic is listed) so that you can test yourself as to whether you've learned the english meaning correctly. The answers are also in the key at back of the book. So it goes: lesson, vocabulary, excercise, throughout the 40 lessons.
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on 25 October 2013
I have learned some languages in the past, namely Japanese and French. A casual learner, but I always go for the grammar side instead of memorizing vocabulary. This Arabic Through the Qur'an is an excellent one. It is very clear on grammar, but it also gives vocabulary. However the most important thing is the examples were taken from the Qur'an, from verses that some are already very well-known.

True, I do skip some part too deep in grammar such as derivative word, but this book is a joy to read during my commuting hours. But, it may happen that I'm cheating a little bit here since my mother tongue is Indonesian and many Arabic words are the same as Indonesian ones.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2011
A good introduction but the author assumes you know a little bit about the language. Not for a complete beginner. Good examples with transliterations. Could do with more meaning and explanation of grammar terms in the use of another language..
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on 7 February 2014
The book is being used as a core textbook for a course I am currently undertaking and I must say is a great resource for those wishing to look at the depths of Arabic grammar in a lesson by lesson format.
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on 21 May 2014
The book it self is very good...but unless you have a teacher that is teaching you from this book it is too technical...at least I couldn't understand a few of the grammar jargon!
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on 7 March 2014
Will help you enourmously if you have doen basic grammar in Arabic e.g. Madina Arabic Book 1 at least and are pprpared to put in a lot time learning the vocabulary
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