- Study the entire text of a famous primer on Arabic morphology
- Deepen your understanding of nouns and verbs
- Reach a higher level of understanding when reading
- Learn how to construct patterns and identify root letters
- Gain exposure to the language and terminology of classical texts
- Course is suitable for students who are already familiar with the basic rules of Arabic
Morphology is the study of the structure of words, enabling you identify root letters and patterns. The study of Sarf, or morphology, goes hand-in-hand with the study of grammar—without it, you can’t recognize the state and thus the meaning of many words.
In this study of a classical primer, you will gain a comprehensive map of Arabic morphology that you will refer to for the rest of your life. Al-Izzi Explained builds on the foundation you gained in Miftah and gives you a more detailed look at nouns and verbs. This will allow you to reach a higher level of understanding when reading classical texts—90 to 100 percent of the complete meaning as opposed to the 60 to 70 percent understanding you have at the end of Miftah.
This course fits into the 300-level courses that mark the beginning of the Sibawayh curriculum. By the time you reach this stage, you are thoroughly familiar with the most important rules of Arabic and are now ready for Arabic courses that are based completely around reading a classical text and using it to help you gain a deeper understanding of the Arabic language.
By the end of this course, you will have read a classical text in Sarf and understand it word for word. You will be able to identify root letters of verbs and nouns and be able to construct words using various patterns from given roots, allowing you to apply the rules of morphology to understanding texts. Specific examples will be taken from the Quran and Hadith. In addition, you will be given exposure to the language used in classical texts and terminology used in tafseer and grammar books.
- Introduction: Importance of Sarf and the Interplay of Nahw, Sarf, and Balagha
- Classical Sarf Organization of Verbs and Its Terminology
- Concept of Ta’addi and the Grammatical Effect of a Verb
- Verb Patterns of the Past and Present Command
- Noun Patterns of the Active Participle (ism fa’il), Passive Participle (ism maf’ul), and Verbal Noun; Fa’il and Fa’ul Patterns; Nouns of Place and Time
- Addition of Ta’ to Root Letters
- Nun of Emphasis
- Doubled Letter Roots in Three-Root-Letter and Four-Root-Letter Verbs
- Weak Letters in the Root
- Hamza in the Root
- ARB203/213 is a required prerequisite. If you have not taken this course, you will be required to complete the written assessment after registering.
- 300-level Arabic courses can be taken in any order and are not interdependent.
- You are recommended to have a working headset microphone.