Sibawayh Degree

Arabic Mastery

By the time you reach this stage, you are thoroughly familiar with the most important rules of Arabic. You are now ready to tie everything together to create a theoretical map of the Arabic language in your mind that you will refer back to for the rest of your life. This is achieved by studying two classical primers on the rules of Arabic: one in grammar and another in morphology.

Simultaneously, you can develop your reading proficiency by taking guided-reading courses that walk will walk you through a complete book from cover to cover. The books selected for this tier are all authored by Sheikh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi, a famous Indian scholar renowned throughout the Muslim world as an Arabic “man of letters” and for his outstanding achievements in teaching Arabic to students in the Indian subcontinent.

Note: Each course in this tier is independent of the other courses and you may choose your own learning path, possibly even taking multiple courses concurrently.

Theory Courses

A classical primer each on Grammar, Morphology, and Rhetoric (3 Mandatory Courses)

Matn al-Ajurrumiyya Explained (ARB301) exposits a famous classical primer on Arabic grammar that has been used in the Muslim world for hundreds of years. It gives you a comprehensive map of the theory of Arabic grammar that you will refer to for the rest of your life and use as a basis for further study in grammar.

Matn al-’Izzi Explained (ARB302) exposits a famous classical primer on Arabic morphology that has been used in the Muslim world for hundreds of years. It gives you a comprehensive map of the theory of Arabic morphology that you will refer to for the rest of your life and use as a basis for further study in morphology.

Tuhfat al-Ikhwan Explained (ARB303) exposits a classical primer on Arabic rhetoric, Imam Dardir’s Tuhfat al-Ikhwan fi ‘Ilm al-Bayan. Due to the complexity of the discipline of rhetoric (balagha), this course focuses on ‘ilm al-bayan, only one of the three disciplines that comprise a classical study of rhetoric.

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