1st Edition

The Routledge Introduction to Qur'anic Arabic

By Munther Younes Copyright 2013
    360 Pages
    by Routledge

    360 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Introduction to Qur’ānic Arabic is an innovative, text-based, language course designed for students interested in acquiring a foundation in Qur’ānic and Classical Arabic.

    Focused on enhancing comprehension and vocabulary acquisition, the book contains 40 lessons designed to be covered in about 40 hours of classroom instruction. Starting with the shorter sūras of the Qur’ān, such as al-Fatiha and those of the Juz’ ‘Amma, it utilizes their recurring vocabulary and grammatical structures to build a stable linguistic foundation for learners before moving on to more challenging and longer sūras such as Yāsīn, Maryam and Yūsuf.

    Although the book is primarily designed for classroom use, the vocabulary and structures of the short sūras, the accompanying audio recordings, and the activities found throughout the book will also be helpful for independent learners. The only prerequisite is knowledge of the Arabic writing system.

    The audio material, which is available on the Routledge website, helps learners improve their pronunciation of individual sounds and develop their skills to syllabify Arabic words and phrases correctly in order to approximate that of native speakers. Also available on the website are answer keys to exercises and transcriptions of the audio material.

    Written by an experienced teacher, The Routledge Introduction to Qur’ānic Arabic is an essential guide for instructors, students and anyone interested in developing their knowledge of Qur’ānic Arabic.

    The book is divided into 40 units or lessons, each with a text of about 200 words, and is designed to be covered in about 40 hours of classroom instruction, or one 15-week semester, with three class meetings a week. For that reason, several of the short suuras are grouped in one lesson, and the longer suuras are divided into smaller units.


    Munther Younes is Reis Senior Lecturer of Arabic Language and Linguistics and Director of the Arabic Program at Cornell University, USA.

    "Clear, accurate and easy to follow…an impressive text." Oliver Leaman, University of Kentucky, USA

    "An excellent introduction to Qur’anic Arabic." Harry Neale, University of California, Berkeley, USA

    "I think Mr. Younes is a genius in language instruction." Deborah Elder, independent Arabic learner for four years