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Very useful indeed
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!