Introductory Arabic I

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The first step in a multi-year Arabic program. Introductory Arabic 1 builds the basic grammar foundations.

Live Class: Sundays at 4:00PM UTC


Taught by Ustadha Saniyyah Shabazz

SKU: ARB1111601 Category: Tag:

Course Description


  • The first level in a series of courses
  • Understand basic sentence structure and simple words and phrases
  • Consists of both pre-recorded audio lessons and Live Sessions once a week for 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Comprehensive exams will help you track your progress

About the Course

This first level course covers two levels of sentence structure. The first level analyzes the Arabic language at the level of the single word in the context of simple noun sentences. The second level moves up a level by analyzing it at the level of multi-word constructions, such as adjective-constructions, attribution-constructions, and J-constructions (prepositional phrases). Students will learn how to visually decompose complete sentences into their basic structural constituents, making easy to understand diagrams to clearly put the building blocks on a sentence into to place. After the successful completion of this course, you will have a strong theoretical and applied grounding in Arabic sentence structure.

Course Syllabus

Week 1: Simple Sentences, Pronouns, Word Gender
Week 2: Definite and Indefinite Nouns; Feminizing Describing Words; Translating Describing Words
Week 3: Duals & Plurals; Words Gender revisited
Week 4: Broken Plurals
Week 5: The Describing Construction; Describer-Described Agreement; Joining Construction; Replacing Construction
Week 6: Introduction to the J-Construction
Week 7: J-Construction with Duals & Plurals; J-Construction with Embedded Follower Constructions
Week 8: J-Construction with Attached Pronouns
Week 9: The Association Construction; The Indefinite Association Construction – Duals and Plurals Associated

Week 10: The Association Constriction with Embedded Follower Constructions; The Association Construction with Attached Pronouns


Course Format

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.

Recommended Background

This course will not cover how to read and write Arabic script. Thus, 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).


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.

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