- The second level in a series of courses which, upon completion take you from no knowledge of Arabic to the ability to read and understand
- The biggest goal of this course is to introduce simple and complex verb sentences
- Consists of both pre-recorded audio lessons and Live Sessions once a week for 1 hour and 30 minutes
- Comprehensive quizzes will help you track your progress
About the Course
In this course, students will be introduced to the structure of a verb sentence; learn how to conjugate verbs in its present and past tenses, and active and passive voices; cover the first six verb forms of the “ten forms table”; and learn other necessary grammatical rules including the complete spectrum of words and their signs (i`rab); diptotes (ghayr munsarif); the direct object (maf`ul bihi); prepositional phrases in verb sentences; and the command tense (f`il al-amr).
During the course, you will do formal sentence breakdowns (i.e. comprehensive grammatical analysis) of many sentences to practice and perfect the skill of dissecting sentences.
- Week 1
Verb Sentences; Simple Verb Conjugation; The N-State
- Week 2
1st, 2nd and 3rd Person Conjugation of the Past Tense Verb; Follower Constructions in Verb Sentences
- Week 3
Association Constructions in Verb Sentences; J-Constructions in Verb Sentences; Introduction to Present-Future Tense; Future Tense
- Week 4
The 1st and 2nd Person Conjugations of the Present-Future Tense Verb; 3rd Person Done-To Pronouns; 3rd Person Conjugations of the Present-Future Tense
- Week 5
Review of Words and States; Pointing Nouns, Review of Regular Nouns
- Week 6
The Five Special Nouns and Unnunated Nouns; Review of Construction; Connection Construction
- Week 7
Review of Verbs; Command Tense Verbs
- Week 8
Review of Attached Pronouns; The Doerless Verb and Silent Letters; Review of the Faa’aala Pattern; Derived Nouns and Linking in Noun Sentences
- Week 9
Verb Forms; The Form II, III and IV Verbs and its Related Derivatives
- Week 10
The Form V and VI Verbs and its Related Derivatives; Negating Verbs
The course consists of weekly Live Sessions where attendance is mandatory, pre-recorded audio lessons, handouts, quizzes and a Final Examination. Weekly live sessions focus on putting into practice all of the theories discussed during the pre-recorded sessions. Students are highly encouraged to post their questions in the Forum over the course of the week, which are answered during the Live Sessions.
You are required to have a working headset microphone for Live Session participation.
Weekly Time Commitment
This course requires an estimated 2-6 hours per week outside the live session, to review the material and take notes.
You are suggested to have a copy of the The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic
edited by J.M. Cowan, and the Access to Quranic Arabic
textbook and workbook by Abdul Wahid Hamid (MELS Publications).
Successful completion of Introductory Arabic 1
Students are strongly encouraged to take Introductory Arabic 1
before this course, even if you have some Arabic background. This is a new approach to Arabic learning with many new technical terms; thus, most students will find it difficult to adapt to Introductory Arabic 2
without the first semester course. If you strongly feel that you should take this course without Introductory Arabic 1
, then please submit an application after registering.
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.