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1st Edition

History and Development of the Arabic Language

ISBN 9781138821521
Published December 1, 2016 by Routledge
274 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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





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Mohamed El-Sharkawi is Assistant Professor of Arabic at Wayne State University, USA, and was previously lecturer at Brown University, USA.