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Excellent Sarf Reference Book

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First of all, I apologise for the severe delay as I did aim to post this some months back.  Since then I’ve totally changed this ‘review’ and feel it’s about time I put it out…

Practicing sarf (morphology) is a very important aspect of learning Arabic that I’ve noticed many neglect early on.  It requires a degree of time, practice, memorisation and revision.  Alhamdulillâh, while for some I may have jumped the gun, one of my first and most important purchases when I took my Arabic studies seriously was a dictionary called, “A Dictionary of Arabic Verb Conjugation” (معجم تصريف الأفعال العربية) by Ambassador Antoine El-Dahdah and reviewed by Dr. Georges M. Abdul-Massih.  I now recommend this dictionary to pretty much everyone who is learning Arabic.

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A Brief Comment on Lane’s Lexicon

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Alhamdulillâh my copy of Arabic~English Lexicon of E. W. Lane has finally arrived. First impressions? It weighs a lot! Somehow I thought that The Islamic Texts Society’s print, being only two volumes (as oppose to eight), would be pretty mobile. Yet mobile is hardly the word. But having two volumes is far more practical than eight, as it they are easier to store and refer to; two crucial elements for me. The price tag… Well let’s just say, the cheapest I saw this particular print was from a wholesalers up in Leicester for around £250. However, mine was a gift.

I have not delved into the books at all really, I used them in the past to check some rare terms (which I found), but after reading some of the preface, and what is before it, I learnt that Lane intended to write two books, a matter which I misunderstood prior. Book I is basically the Lexicon we have today, whereas Book II was to contain some irregular/rare terms. The author died upon reaching the letter Qaaf of Book II, so his Nephew, the celebrated historian/orientalist, Stanley Lane-Poole took on the task of completing the job. This means, that E. W. Lane’s second book never came. However, S. L. Poole did provide a supplementary or rare words to his part of the Lexicon.

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An-Nahw Al-Wadih… A Solution?

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Some students I’ve come across crave to learn definitions of grammatical terminology and principles in Arabic.  Yet this hard using their Madinah Books, which only really outline principles and rules (qawâ`id) in the appendix/key, in English.  This is normal of course, it’s usually up to the teacher to provide more than just the Arabic terminology that all students need to know.  It’s his or her choice to supply students with Arabic definitions, which a student can memorise or learn, and use as a base for their understanding of a given principle.

Sometimes, and I have witnessed this, a teacher does provide Arabic definitions but in the rush of jotting down notes vis-à-vis the difficulty some students face, the definitions still get written down in English.  Perhaps you might see an incomplete Arabic definition in the pages of your classmates and again, this is perfectly normal for the most part. Wallâhu A`lam.

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