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This web site aims to bring to you a wide variety of resources on Arab Culture and Civilization, but much more is available. This bibliography includes a number of additional materials that you may wish to consult. Texts that have recently been annotated or added to this list are shown with a tan background. In addition, there are many other online resources that you can explore from our links list.

Resources for Students and Teachers of Arabic

Language textbooks

Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds by Kristen Brustad, Abbas Al-Tonsi, and Mahmoud Al-Batal Georgetown University Press, 1995

Al-Kitab Fii Ta'allum Al-'Arabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic by Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi. Georgetown University Press, 1995

Notes: Includes audio-visual material, verb tables, and a short glossary.

Al-Kitab Fii Ta'allum Al-'Arabiyya: A Textbook for Arabic, Part Two by Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi. Georgetown University Press, 1997

Al-Kitab Fii Ta'allum Al-'Arabiyya: A Textbook for Arabic, Part Three. by Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi. Georgetown University Press, 2001

Ahlan WA Sahlan- Modern Arabic Vol. 1 by Mahdi Alosh. Yale University Press, 2000

Notes: A textbook focusing on a functional use of the language. Includes audio CDs, verb tables, and a short glossary.

Standard Arabic: An Elementary-Intermediate Course by Eckehard Schulz, Gunther Krahl, Wolfgang Reuschel Cambridge University Press, 2000

Standard Arabic: An Advanced Course by James Dickins and Janet C. Watson. Cambridge University Press, 1999

Elementary Modern Standard Arabic: Part I, 2 vols. by G. N. Saad, W. M. Erwin, Ernest N. McCarus, Z. N. Abdel-Malek and Peter F. Abboud. The Press Syndicate of the University of Cambridge, 1983

Arabic for English Speaking Students. Muhammad Abdul-Rauf. Al-Saadawi Publications, 1996

Arabic Made Easy: An Al-Islamic Perspective. by Abul Hashim. Kazi Pubs, 1983

Arabic Today: A Student, Business and Professional Course in Spoken and Written John Mace. Edinburgh University Press, 1995

Elementary Arabic: An Integrated Approach by Munther A. Younes. Yale University Press, 1995

Introduction to Koranic and Classical Arabic: An Elementary Grammar of the Language Key to Exercises. by Wheeler M. Thackston. Ibex Publishers, 1994

Key to a New Arabic Grammar by John A. Haywood and H. M. Nahmad. Ashgate Publishing Company, 1999

Media Arabic, by Julia Ashtiany. Columbia University Press, September 1997

An Introduction to Koranic and Classical Arabic: An Elementary Grammar of the Language by Wheeler M. Thackston. IBEX Publishers, Inc., 2000

Arabic Verbs and Essential of Grammar by Jane Wightwick, Mahmoud Gaafar, Mahmoud Gaafar. NTC Publishing Group, 1996

Business Arabic: Advanced Level by Raji M. M. Rammuny. University of Michigan Press, 1998

Formal Spoken Arabic: Basic Course by Karin C. Ryding, Abdelnour Zaiback and Naim Owais. Georgetown University Press, 1994

References for Studying the Arabic Dialects

Basic Course in Moroccan Arabic by Richard S. Harrell. Georgetown University Press, 1965

Modern Iraqi Arabic by Yasin M. Al-Khalesi. Georgetown University Press, 2001

Levantine Arabic for Non-Natives: A Proficiency-Oriented Approach by Lutfi Hussein. Yale University Press, 1993

Resources About the Arabic Language

Bakalla , M.H. Arabic culture through its language and literature / M.H. Bakalla. London; Boston: Kegan Paul International, 1984

Bakalla, M. H. Bibliography of Arabic linguistics / [compiled by] M. H. Bakalla. London: Mansell, 1975

Bakalla, M.H. Arabic linguistics: an introduction and bibliography / M.H. Bakalla. [First ed. published as: Bibliography of Arabic linguistics, 1975.] London: Mansell; New York: Distributed in the United States and Canada by The H. W. Wilson Company, 1983

Bohas, Georges with Jean-patrick Guillaume, Djamel Kouloughli. The Arabic Linguistic Tradition. Georgetown: Georgetown University Press, 2006.

Notes: Georgetown Classics in Arabic Language and Linguistics

Brustad, Kristen E.. The Syntax of Spoken Arabic. Washington, D.C.: Georgetwon University Press, 2000.

Cantarino, Vicente, 1925-. (Ministero dell'educazione nazionale. Indici e cataloghi, 18) Bloomington, Indiana University Press for the International Affairs Center, 1974-

Fischer, Wolfdietrich. A grammar of classical Arabic / Wolfdietrich Fischer; translated from German by Jonathan Rodgers. [Grammatik des klassischen Arabisch] (Yale language series) Edition: 3rd rev. ed. New Haven, Conn.: London: Yale University Press, c2002

Haeri, Niloofar. Sacred Language Ordinary People. Dilemmas of Culture and Politics in Egypt. New York: Palgrave MacMillian, 2003.

Haywood, John A. A new Arabic grammar of the written language / by J. A. Haywood and H. M. Nahmad. 2nd ed. London: Lund Humphries, 1965

Suleiman, Yasir. The Arabic Language and National Identity. A Study in Ideology. Washingston, D.C,:Georgetown University Press, 2003.

Suleiman, Yasir, ed.. Arabic Sociolinguistics Surrey, England: Curzon Press, Ltd., 1994.

Thackston, W. M. (Wheeler McIntosh), 1944-. An introduction to Koranic and classical Arabic: an elementary grammar of the language / Wheeler M. Thackston. Bethesda, Md.: Iranbooks, c1994

Versteegh, Kees. The Arabic language / Kees Versteegh. New York: Columbia University Press, c1997; Edinburg: Edinburg University Press, 2001

Ziadeh, Farhat Jacob. An introduction to modern Arabic / by Farhat J. Ziadeh and R. Bayly Winder. Princeton, N. J.: Princeton University Press, 1957

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