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Module One; Level Three:

Foundation Applied Arabic and Grammar 3


This unit builds on level 2 and introduces advanced Arabic grammatical rules in the further uses of verbs in complex sentence structures and tenses. Classification of sentences, sentence analysis and use of particles will be addressed. Writing, reading, speaking and comprehension practice is included to build further proficiency in the Arabic language.


Primary Text

Units Primary Texts
  • Unit 1: Quranic Vocabulary:Arabic Through the Qur'an, Jones A, Islamic Texts Society
  • Unit 2: Arabic Grammar:Sharh al-Ajrumiyyah, Ibn Ajrum et al, Beirut, 2004, Dar al-Marefah Publishing
  • Unit 3: Arabic Morphology:Mabadi al-tasrif, Dr Akram Nadwi, Oxford, 2000

About the Texts

Written by Prof Alan Jones, professor of Arabic at Oxford University. This work aims at teaching Arabic using only the vocabulary in the Quran. In forty lessons, and starting with the alphabet, the text gives the student a thorough understanding of Arabic grammar and a substantial vocabulary from the Quran, including many of the oft-repeated verses. Each lesson is followed by exercises and a key to the exercises is available at the end of the book. This text will be an aid to both those wanting to learn Arabic in order to be able to read the Quran and those who want to learn Arabic at an advanced level.

a classical grammar text by Abdullah ibn Muhammad ibn Da’ud al-Sinhaji, known as Ibn Ajrum. The text itself, although not named as such by the author, has become known as al-Ajrumiyyah. The Ajrumiyyah is the quintessence of Arabic grammar, and its status is largely unchallenged as an excellent introduction to this field of learning, which every scholar must master before delving into other Arabic literature.
This book is authored by Shaykh Akram Nadwi in Arabic morphology (sarf) and primarily focuses on word-form patterns. This book introduces the various patterns of verb conjugation, derived nouns, verb paradigms, verb irregularities and paradigm connotations.  The rules have been clearly explained with examples and a step-by-step method as to how a word is changed from its original form to its present one. It is a valuable text to introduce Arabic morphology.


Teaching Method

Teaching Method

The module will comprise three lessons per week, each lesson will be 55 minutes long. The lecturer will be teaching from a practical Arabic textbook or extracts from the list of primary texts of the module. A unique feature of this course is that all teaching will be done in Arabic; no English will be spoken except when absolutely necessary. There will be an encouragement for the teaching to be interactive, with questions both posed to the students and welcomed from them. Lessons will also have practical sessions of speaking, listening and an exercise. The teacher may also use PowerPoint presentations and post-supplementary notes and recorded webinars as study aids.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students should demonstrate:

  • competency in the different forms of the verb
  • competency in the different forms and classifications of nouns and sentences
  • competency in the particles of ma', inn, la', and lat
  • in-depth knowledge of additional implied and articulate meanings
  • measurable improvement in reading, writing, speaking and comprehension skills


The module will cover the following topics:

  • Verbs and state of tenses (perfect, imperfect indicative, future perfect, imperfect subjunctive and others)
  • The moods of the verb
  • The energetic and imperative verbs
  • Government of the verbs (accusative, adverbial, propositions)
  • The government of nouns
  • The sentence and its parts
  • Classification of sentences (verbal, nominal, negative, prohibitive, interrogative, copulative, adversative and others)
  • Rules related the usage of particles (ma', inn, la', and lat)
  • Al-mudaf and a mudaf alayh (added and added upon) meanings and articulation

Recommended reference materials

  • Hans Wehr Arabic-English Dictionary
  • Writing Arabic, T. F. Mitchell
  • Modern Literary Arabic, David Cowan


This course will involve a number of class exercises, homework, and an end-of-course written examination.

Teacher Profile

Ustadh Ayman Abdel-Haleem has completed his BA in Arabic at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London with a first class honours. Following his graduation he travelled to Egypt, where he spent a number of years completing his Arabic and Islamic Studies. After returning from Egypt, he continued his studies at the University of Cambridge, where he completed an MPhil in Theology from the faculty of Divinity.

He has worked at The Golden Web in Cambridge for three years as chief translators and researchers in the Arabic department. Shaykh Ayman has translated and edited a number of modern and classical Arabic works including a three volume history and topography of Cairo by Dr Farouq al-Asker. His other works includes translation of the Arabic Grammar book Al-Ajrumiyyah and Imam Jalal-Al-Din Al-Suyuti’s, The Perfect Guide to the Sciences of the Qur’an. Al-Itqan fi ‘Ulum Al-Qur’an; Ithaca Press, 2011.

He is currently a Senior Teaching Fellow at School of Oriental & African Studies, (SOAS) University of London teaching Qur’anic Arabic. He is also working part time as a project manager for Qatar Foundation and the British Council to increase the teaching of Arabic in UK schools. In addition to his teaching, translating and research work he is actively involved in helping to manage various cultural and academic activities.

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