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Arabic Rhetoric

A Pragmatic Analysis, 1st Edition

By Hussein Abdul-Raof


336 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9780415663793
pub: 2011-02-22
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Arabic Rhetoric explores the history, disciplines, order and pragmatic functions of Arabic speech acts. It offers a new understanding of Arabic rhetoric and employs examples from modern standard Arabic as well as providing a glossary of over 448 rhetorical expressions listed in English with their translations, which make the book more accessible to the modern day reader. Hussein’s study of Arabic rhetoric bridges the gap between learning and research, whilst also meeting the academic needs of our present time. This up-to-date text provides a valuable source for undergraduate students learning Arabic as a foreign language, and is also an essential text for researchers in Arabic, Islamic studies, and students of linguistics and academics.


"Abdul-Raof has given us a useful textbook on rhetoric and comparative linguistics for non-natives learning Arabic as a foreign language. Moreover, he has offered a historical and pedagogic masterpiece, which will be of special significance for students and researchers in Arabic literature, particularly those interested in applying or appreciating the analytical tools of Arabic rhetorical schemata in regard to the oral and written modes of the Arabic literary experience and tradition." - Amidu Olalekan Sanni; Middle Eastern Literatures: incorporating Edebiyat, 13:1, 117-119 (2012).

Table of Contents

Glossary of Arabic Rhetoric. Preface. Introduction. Arabic Transliteration System. Introduction 1. Preamble to Arabic Rhetoric 2. Historical Review 3. Eloquence and Rhetoric 4. Word Order 5. Figures of Speech 6. Embellishments. Conclusion

About the Author

Hussein Abdul-Raof is a senior lecturer in Arabic and Qur’anic Studies at the University of Leeds. His recent publications include Interpreter's Thematic Dictionary: English-Arabic. Beirut: Librairie du Liban 2005 and Consonance in the Qur’an : A Conceptual, Intertextual and Linguistic Analysis. Muenchen: Lincom Europa Academic Publications 2005 (Languages of the World Series).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies