Intermediate Arabic 2.
Work through selected readings from a number of advanced classical texts of different styles from poetry and hadiths to fiqh commentaries, hadith commentaries, tafsir and `aqida, in an all but purely Arabic medium.
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 third 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.
In this course students will:
The focus of this course is using Arabic and developing a natural ability in reading and understanding such texts where grammar is a tool, not the objective of one’s studies.
The course consists of weekly Live Sessions, handouts and lengthy and challenging assignments on the different genres of literature that shall be covered. The teachers 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.
The course requires an estimated 1-5 hours per week outside the live session, to complete the assignments, review the material and take notes.
A recommended Arabic resource students should have is A New Arabic Grammar of the Written Language by Haywood and Nahmad, published by Lund Humphries.
The required excerpts from the different genres of literature shall be provided to students as part of the course material.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Intermediate Arabic 3.
Work through selected readings from a number of advanced classical texts of different styles from biographical works, history and Sira to classic literary works and Shamail, in an all but purely Arabic medium.
Teachers: Farid Dingle
Start Date: 24 January, 2015
Intermediate Arabic 1.
Consolidate your knowledge of grammatical structures and morphological forms and acquire style and vocabulary through a complete study of the language of the widely celebrated Aqida of Imam al-Tahawi.
Teachers: Farid Dingle
Start Date: 15 April, 2015