- Read a famous and comprehensive detailed text of Sarf
- Understand how root letters change
- Cover weak verbs and phonetic mutations
- Understand the meanings of various noun and verb patterns
About the Course
Shadha al-Arf fi Fann al-Sarf by al-Hamlawi (1856-1928) is a late work in Arabic morphology written in a modern format but in keeping with the rigour of traditional texts. The course will cover the entire text, including all the main discussions of root-letters, weak verbs, phonetic mutations, and the meanings of the various word patterns.
Students will be provided with a pdf file of the text, and live classes shall be taught on a whiteboard. There will be no assignments, no pre-recorded videos or lesson handouts. The live classes will be 1.5 hours long.
The book covers the following topics:
- Sound and weak verbs
- Meanings and patterns of the Form I verb
- Meanings and patterns of forms II to XVII
- Verbs treated like standard patterns
- Nun of emphasis
- The weak verbs
- Derivation of nouns
- Patterns of nouns
- Patterns of the plural
- The diminutive
- Root mutations
- Raising of a
Students must know the ten forms very well.
Who is al-Hamlawi and why is his work Shadha al-Arf fi Fann al-Sarf well worth studying?
Ahmed bin Muhammed bin Ahmed al-Hamlawi (1856-1928) was an Egyptian linguist who taught Arabic and other religious sciences. He was the rector of the Osman Pasha Maher high school for some 25 years.
His book Shadha al-Arf fi Fann al-Sarf is a classical work written in a modern style in the 19th century. The book offers a comprehensive coverage of sarf, spanning the entire range of topics found in other well-known works such as the Shafia of Ibn Hajib. Students of Arabic shall greatly benefit from studying this book with its exposition of classical topics systematically laid out in an accessible, modern format.