SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Intermediate Qur'anic Arabic

Module Code:
Module Not Running 2016/2017
Unit value:
Year of study:
Year 2
Taught in:
Full Year


Elementary Qur'anic Arabic 155901365 (or equivalent).

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

By the end of the course, students will have acquired a range of key lexical items of the Quran’ic vocabulary as well as an understanding of classical Arabic morphology and syntax at intermediate level. This will enable them to read, write and translate Qur'anic Arabic sentences and passages of intermediate difficulty.  Students will also become familiar with Qur'anic dictionaries, translations, and a concordance which will enable them to consult the Arabic text of the Qur’an in an informed manner.


This course is taught over 22 weeks with 4 classroom contact hours per week.

Scope and syllabus

This is an intermediate Qur'anic Arabic course that builds on the grounding provided by the course Elementary Qur'anic Arabic. The course objectives are to develop an intermediate level of competence in consulting, reading and understanding the Qur’anic text in the original language. Focus is on acquiring more complex grammatical structures, which includes syntactical, morphological and phonological analysis, expanding Qur'anic vocabulary, and developing ability in consulting a range of Qur'anic reference works such as translations, dictionaries, commentaries and a concordance. The course begins with the remaining lessons in the book used for the elementary course (Access to Qur’anic Arabic by Abdul Wahid Hamid, published by MELS, Revised Edition 2003) and proceeds with Wheeler Thackston’s Introduction to Classical and Koranic Arabic (Bethesda,1994) which provides more advanced material.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (70%); a two-hour mid-term written language examination, term 1 (15%); a two hour mid-term written language examination, term 2 (15%).

Suggested reading

Textbooks and Reference Works:

  • An Introduction to Classical and Koranic Arabic, Wheeler Thackston, Iranbooks, Bethesda, 1994.
  • Access to Qur’anic Arabic, Abdul Wahid Hamid, published by MELS (Revised Edition 2003) Textbook, Workbook, and Selections from the Qur’an.
  • Arabic Through the Qur’an, Alan Jones, Islamic Texts Society, Cambridge 2005.
  • Towards Understanding Qur’anic Arabic, M. I. Surty, Qur’anic Arabic Foundation, 2008, (plus 2 audio CDs).
  • Arabic-English Dictionary of Qur’anic Usage, M.A.S. Abdel Haleem and S. Badawi, Brill, Leiden, 2008.
  • Al-Mu’jam al-Mufahras li-Alfaz al-Qur’an al-Karim, M. F. Abd al-Baqi, Cairo, 1945.


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