WORD OF THE DAY
For all past entries, see the Blog
The development of the Arabic language may roughly be divided into three periods: Classical Arabic, Post-classical Arabic and Modern Arabic. The classical period lasts until about the end of the first century AH, after which the enormous conversion rate to Islam amongst non-Arabs and the expansion of the Muslim empire all but wiped out the pristine language of the pre-Islamic (Jāhilī) Bedouin Arabs, which remained preserved only in the lexicons of scholars concerned to record the unadulterated speech of the Arabs in which the Qur`ān was revealed.
Students who want to study the Arabic Language may be tempted to rush into reading real or primary Arabic texts, without first putting in the necessary groundwork in terms of rigorously learning the grammar and a core vocabulary.
This is most noticeable in students who are studying Arabic in order to start studying the Islamic sciences, who tend to start their Islamic Studies after only a rudimentary study of Arabic.