The Introductory Arabic Program

About the Introductory Arabic Program

Seeking knowledge that is necessary for salvation is farḍ ‘ayn, an obligation for every Muslim, male and female. To facilitate the acquisition of Islamic knowledge in the West, Darul Qasim offers an Arabic program that prepares students to learn their farḍ ʿayn in the Arabic language.

Students enrolled in the Arabic 100 level sequence (PCA101 – PCA104) will be immersed in studying basic to advanced verb structure (Ṣarf) and general syntax and grammatical constructs (Naḥw). The material covered in these courses will serve as a springboard for studying classical grammar texts in the Arabic 200 level sequence (PCA201 – PCA220). Students that successfully complete the Arabic program will be eligible to study classical Islamic Studies texts.

PCA101: Arabic I
Introduction to grammar and morphology including basic nominal sentences, verbal sentences, past and future tense verb forms, simple grammatical agents.

PCA102: Arabic II
A continuation of AS101, this course covers the imperative verb tense, negation of verbs and additional derived nouns (mushtaqqāt). Students will be introduced to additional grammatical agents from al-ʿAwāmil (Jurjānī). Time permitting, the course may begin mazīd-fīh verb forms.

PCA103: Arabic III
Students will complete the mazīd-fīh verb forms and be introduced to irregular verbs (muʿtal). This course also finishes the basic set of grammatical agents in al-ʿAwāmil (Jurjānī) and transitions into a summary of grammatical constructs which will serve as a springboard to studying classical grammar texts (200-Level).

PCA104: Arabic IV
Students will traverse a comprehensive list of irregular verbs (muʿtal) and their derived nouns. They will also complete the summary of grammar rules started in PCA103. By the end of this course, students will have the necessary tools to read and understand basic Arabic text with diacritical marks.

PCA201: Qaṣaṣ I
Students will read Shaykh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwī’s classic reader series: Qaṣaṣ al-Nabiyyīn Volume 1.

PCA202: Qaṣaṣ II
Students will read Shaykh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwī’s classic reader series: Qaṣaṣ al-Nabiyyīn Volume 2.

PCA203: Qaṣaṣ III
Students will read Shaykh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwī’s classic reader series: Qaṣaṣ al-Nabiyyīn Volume 3 and portions of Hidāyat al-Naḥw.

PCA204: Qaṣaṣ IV
Students will read Shaykh Abul Hasan Ali Nadwī’s classic reader series: Qaṣaṣ al-Nabiyyīn Volume 4 and portions of Hidāyat al-Naḥw.