History and Development of the Arabic Language is a general introduction for students to the history of the Arabic language. It is divided into two parts; the pre-Islamic language up to the emergence of the first well-known works of Classical Arabic. Secondly, the transition from the pre-Islamic situation to the complex Arabic language forms after the emergence of Islam and the Arab conquests, both in Arabia and in the diaspora. The book focuses on the pre-Islamic linguistic situation, where the linguistic geography and relevant demographic aspects of pre-Islamic Arabia will be introduced. In addition, the book will also discuss the communicative contexts and varieties of Modern Arabic.
The book includes readings, discussion questions and data sets to provide a complete textbook and resource for teachers and students of the history of Arabic.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: The Geography and Demography of pre-Islamic Arabia
Part One: Sources of the Study of Arabic
Chapter Two: Trust Worthy Data
Chapter Three: Grammarians and the Dialects
Partt Two: Pre-Islamic Arabic
Chapter Four: The Pre-Islamic Linguistic Situation
Chapter Five: Pre-Islamic Dialects
Chapter Six: Signs of Development in Pre-Islamic Arabic
Chapter Seven: The Dual Paradigm
Chapter Eight: The Case System
Part Three: Arabic After Islam and Diaspora
Chapter Nine: The Influence of Islam and the Conquests
Chapter Ten: Arabicization
Chapter Eleven: The Dialects
Chapter Twelve: Dialect Division
Part Four: Classical Arabic
Chapter Thirteen: From Pre-Classical to Classical
Chapter Fourteen: The Functional Load of Classical Arabic
Mohamed El-Sharkawi is Assistant Professor of Arabic at Wayne State University, USA, and was previously lecturer at Brown University, USA.