An Introduction to Koranic and Classical Arabic: An Elementary Grammar of the Language

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Iranbooks, Jan 1, 1994 - Foreign Language Study - 327 pages
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Cultural Studies. Reference. W. M. Thackston's AN INTRODUCTION TO KORANIC AND CLASSICAL ARABIC is an elementary-level grammar of standard classical Arabic, the literary norm of the Arabic language that has not changed appreciably in fourteen hundred years. An indispensable tool for all who are interested in Islamic religion, science, and literature, the language presented in this book will enable the learner to study firsthand the primary sources of Islamic civilization and the classics of the Islamic Near East. W. M. Thackston is Professor of the Practice in Persian and Other Near Eastern Languages at Harvard University, where he has taught Persian and Arabic for over twenty years. Author of numerous books and articles on the languages and literatures of the Near East, his works include a new English translation of the Baburnama, A Century of Princes: Sources on Timurid History and Art, and Tales from Luristan: Tales, Fables and Folk Poetry from the Lur of Bala-Gariva.

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User Review  - Plucino - Goodreads

Dura lex sed lex, Romans used to say: the Law is harsh, but it's the Law. Well in practice the "Laws" of Koranic Arabic, especially treatment of final vowels, are nowadays, in standard modern Arabic ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jafer Martin - Goodreads

Very strange book. Namely, that it takes a Iranian perspective on the Arabic language and that the content is almost completely written in English. I have shown this to a couple of native Arabic ... Read full review

About the author (1994)

Wheeler M. Thackston is Professor Emeritus of the Practice of Persian and Other Near Eastern Languages at Harvard University.

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