An Introduction to Modern Literary Arabic

An Introduction to Modern Literary Arabic

4.22 (9 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

List price: US$500.00

Currently unavailable

We can notify you when this item is back in stock

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


The lessons are clear, in non-technical language, and have generous examples, with plenty of exercises for translation from Arabic to English and from English to Arabic. This is the manual that students interested in Arabic as a living and expanding world language will prefer. It is the first to deal mainly with modern literary Arabic. In Mr Cowan's words: 'The purpose is to explain to the students, in as concise a manner as possible, the grammatical structure of the modern Arabic literary language as it is found today in newspapers, magazines, books, the radio, and public speaking. I have endeavoured to restrict the material to the minimum which may serve as a stepping-stone to a deeper study of Arabic. As the fundamental grammar of written Arabic has hardly changed as an introduction to the classical language also. Having once mastered its contents the student should have a sound grasp of Arabic grammar and can then direct his studies towards modern literature or classical according to his needs and inclinations.
show more

Product details

Review quote

'This is an excellent grammar which should commend itself to all teachers of Arabic.' J. Robson, Journal of Semitic Studies 'This introduction to the grammar of both classical and modern literary Arabic is the best I have seen.' Arnold C. Satterthwait, Middle East Journal 'Mr Cowan's work has strong claims to be considered the best introductory grammar which has yet appeared.' J. A. Haywood, Durham University Journal 'An excellent grammar ... the exercises strike a happy medium between the modern and literary.' Virginia Vacca, East and West
show more

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. The Arabic alphabet; 2. Pronunciation of the consonants; 3. Vowels; 4. Doubled consonants; 5. 'Tanwin' or nunation; 6. Hamza; 7. Madda; 8. Accent; 9. Pronunciation; 10. Lessons 1-25; Appendix.
show more

Rating details

9 ratings
4.22 out of 5 stars
5 33% (3)
4 56% (5)
3 11% (1)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X