1st Edition

History and Development of the Arabic Language

By Muhammad al-Sharkawi Copyright 2017
    274 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    274 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.




    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.

    Dr Chris Lucas, SOAS

    Would you consider the book for adoption?Definitely. A book of this type is sorely needed.

    There is a great need for a book of this type. I think the author is capable of delivering it to a high standard.

    Dr Peter Glanville, University of Maryland

    For the Intro to Arabic Linguistics course, the biggest challenge is finding material. I would love to have one textbook that covers everything, but at present I have to mix and match. I have started using the Oxford Handbook of Arabic Linguistics this semester with two independent study students. This is going well, but I cannot envisage using it in a larger course. A book with readings and then discussion questions or data sets for class time would be great......

    If the book actually delivers on what is claimed on p1 of the proposal, namely that it will introduce the history of Arabic and its contexts from Pre-Islamic through to Classical Arabic, using primary sources and case studies to establish the course of development, it will be great and I would certainly use it. The rest of the proposal does not spell out how this will be done in a convincing way however.

    Dr Maher Bahloul, American University of Sharjah

    The overall structure of the book outline seems quite coherent and should be reader friendly.... I would consider adopting the book.

    This is a very informative book. It deals with issues of high relevance to the field of dialectology. It should be a useful addition and I am confident dialectologists will welcome this book.