- The first level in a series of courses
- Understand basic Qu'ranic sentence structure and simple words and phrases
- Consists of both pre-recorded audio lessons and live classes once a week for 1 hour
- Comprehensive listening, reading, writing and pronunciation assessments will help you track your progress
About the Course
In this first level course, a wide selection of verses from the Quran will be used to demonstrate how noun sentences work in the Arabic language. You will see how a number of different types of noun sentences are structured, how nouns can vary in a noun sentence, the different states and sign that apply to the singular, dual, and plural nouns, and how adjectives are used. Pronouns in various sentence-roles will be taught throughout the course.
Lesson 1: Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives, and the Masculine
Lesson 2: Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives, and the Feminine
Lesson 3: Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives, and the Indefinite
Lesson 4: Nouns, Adjectives, and the Definite
Lesson 5: Nouns, Adjectives, and Number
Lesson 6: Sound and Broken Plurals, and Separated Pronouns
Lesson 7: Attached pronouns
Lesson 8: Prepositions and the Genetive
Lesson 9: Inna Sentences
Lesson 10: The Possessive (al-Idafa)
This course consists of vocab quizzes based on the Quranic vocabulary list; theory explained in pre-recorded lessons with handouts; weekly live classes used for pronunciation assessment and general Q & A; listening tracks based on Quranic vocabulary; and writing exercises based on the textbook. You'll be required to have the textbook Access to Quranic Arabic.
This course requires an estimated 2-6 hours per week outside the live class, to review the material and take notes.
This course will not cover how to read and write Arabic script. The main prerequisite of this course is the ability to read and write in Arabic. Beyond that, no understanding or previous exposure to Arabic is necessary.
This course is for absolute beginners who have never studied Arabic before (beyond for example, knowing enough Arabic to be able to read the Qur’an without understanding its meaning).
You are required to have the textbook Access to Quranic Arabic.
Why should you start your Arabic studies with Qibla?
Mastering Arabic, like any language, takes time and dedication. This course is the first step in a multi-year Arabic program that will take you from no knowledge of Arabic to the ability to read Arabic texts. This course is inspired by the classical approach to teaching and learning Arabic at institutions of religious education located in non-Arab lands. This classical approach has been slightly modified in light of modern language-learning techniques adopted by universities in the West and Arabic language institutes in the Middle East. The combination of ancient and modern makes this course the first of its kind in the English-speaking world. The course is based on the “grammar translation method” of learning a foreign language—focusing on grammatical rules, the memorization of vocabulary and conjugations, translations of texts, and written exercises.
Take heart in your Arabic studies...did you know...
The contributions of non-Arab scholars to the Islamic tradition and the corpus of Islamic scholarship have arguably been even greater than the contributions of their Arab counterparts. These great minds not only studied the language, but lived it and breathed it – it was their primary mode of communication with the tradition. What man has done before, man can do again.
Why is learning Arabic imperative in your quest for sacred knowledge?
“The All-Merciful taught the Qur’an, created man, and taught him speech.” (55:1-4) Aside from the obvious fact of the Revelation itself being in Arabic, the reference works of every Islamic discipline are written in Arabic. It is therefore impossible to master any of the Islamic disciplines without a strong grounding in the Arabic language itself.