- The third level in a series of courses which, upon completion take you from no knowledge of Arabic to the ability to read and understand the Quran
- The biggest goal of this course is to introduce simple and complex verb sentences
- The course consists of both pre-recorded audio lessons and live classes once a week for 1 hour
- Comprehensive quizzes will help you track your progress
About the Course
In this course, you'll be introduced to the structure of a verb sentence; learn how to conjugate verbs in present and past tenses, the subjunctive, jussive and imperative forms, as well as the active and passive voices; and you will cover some frequently met-with weak-letter words in greater detail. You will also see how verbs can change case and how nouns can be created from verbs.
Lesson 1: The present Tense
Lesson 2: Some weak verbs
Lesson 3: The subjunctive (al-nawasib)
Lesson 4: The jussive (al-jawazim)
Lesson 5: The imperative (fil al-amr)
Lesson 6: Passive and Active voices
Lesson 7: Weak verbs: Qala
Lesson 8: Weak verbs: Kana
Lesson 9: Active and passive participles (ism fail wa ism maful)
Lesson 10: Derived nouns
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.
Successful completion of Introductory Arabic 2. You are strongly encouraged to take Introductory Arabic 2 before this course, even if you have some Arabic background.
You are required to have the Access to Quranic Arabic textbook, workbook and selections by Abdul Wahid Hamid (MELS Publications). These books will be used throughout the course, and indeed throughout the introductory Arabic series and will be necessary for completing the course assignments.
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.