- Reading Ahadith
- Reading Poems
- Reading commentaries
- Reading Hashiyas (super commentaries)
About the Course
Applied Arabic: Classical Texts – Part 2 is the second course of our Level 2 Arabic program. Level 2 Arabic courses work to develop vocabulary acquisition, reading and listening skills through closely working with classical texts as well as developing classroom-Arabic communication skills. In this second course, students will cover a broad range of classical texts to experience and interact with most academic media they will need as serious students of knowledge.
- Week 1: Reading Ahadith – Abu Dawud and Riyadh as-Saliheen
- Week 2: Reading Ahadith – Abu Dawud and Riyadh as-Saliheen (continued)
- Week 3: Poems – al-Jazariyya / al-Alfiyya
- Week 4: Poems – Hassan ibn Thabit
- Week 5: Commentaries – Fiqh and Tafsir
- Week 6: Commentaries – Hadith
- Week 7: Commentaries – Fath al-Bari and Fiqh
- Week 8: al-Hashiya – Sindi on Sahih Muslim and Dasuqi on Khalil
- Week 9: al-Hashiya –Tafsir
- Week 10: al-Hashiya – Balagha, Usul and Fiqh
The course consists of weekly Live Sessions, handouts and lengthy and challenging assignments on the different genres of literature that shall be covered. The teacher shall hold weekly office hours where students can consult with them one-on-one. Students are highly encouraged to post their questions in the Forum over the course of the week, which are answered during the Live Sessions.
Weekly Time Commitment
The course requires an estimated 1-5 hours per week outside the live session, to complete the assignments, review the material and take notes.
The required excerpts from the different genres of literature shall be provided to students as part of the course material. Besides these, students will be required to buy or otherwise acquire Haywood and Nahmad's A New Arabic Grammar of the Written Language.
Students that have just finished ARB211 as well as those that have taken 200-level courses are all welcome candidates. Students must have sufficient background in grammar to be able to analyse word roles that are covered in a simple text in Arabic such as the Ajurrumiyya.
Additionally students should also be familiar with the ten-forms table and be able to use a root-based dictionary such as Hans Wehr.
What is the most interesting thing I’ll cover in this course?
For the budding student of knowledge, this course is not only a key to the classical works his teacher will teach him but also an introduction to something of what is between those multi-volume works.
Depending on one’s (developing) interests, different students will find different texts interesting; however, it would hard to imagine that anyone could find the jewels of knowledge and beauty that Ibn Tamjid pulls out of Baydawi’s tafsir uninteresting, or that anyone could be bored by the rhythmic praise of the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) from the pure Arabic tongue of the Sahabi Hassan bin Thabit.
How shall I benefit from this course?
Level 2 Arabic courses cater to the needs of students of Arabic and Islamic Studies who have acquired the basic keys of understanding grammatical structures and dictionary usage and need the opportunity to apply this knowledge to Islamic texts to be able to practice and consolidate their knowledge of grammatical structures, acquire relevant vocabulary and develop communicative skills to be able to study such texts in an Arabic classroom environment.
Working with a series of advanced texts of different styles, disciplines and levels is a very empowering experience and opens the door to an entire genre of Islamic texts. Students studying other 200-level courses, such as LAH211, LAS211 or BLF201 will find this course extremely useful when they come to the next level of their journey in 300-level courses.
What shall I know coming out of the course?
Upon completion of this course, students will have increased their vocabulary, increased their familiarity with the dictionary, strengthened their Arabic grammar and morphology; they will have a good idea of the style of many genres of Islamic literature, how to tackle them and benefit from them; they will have read a lot and increased their thirst for the Islamic sciences; and they will have, InshaAllah ta`ala, found the key they needed to the bab al-Abwab (Door of doors) of Islamic learning.