Department of Arabic

and the Instrumental Islamic Sciences

The Department of Arabic equips students with the necessary tools to engage the original sources of Islamic scholarship, and develops their communicative abilities to facilitate their participation in current debates.

Students are progressively introduced to master the fundamentals of Arabic language: Nahw (syntax) and Sarf (morphology). At a more advanced level, students are guided through the arts of Balāghah (rhetoric), Manṭiq (logic) and ‘ilm al-wad’ (semantics).

Along with these fundamentals, all four communicative skills, (reading comprehension, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension) will be gradually developed, while paying attention to expanding vocabularies for exploring classical texts and also modern usages.

Dr. Choukri Heddouchi

Liaison, Department of Arabic and Instrumental Sciences
choukri.heddouchi@darulqasim.org

Core Content Curriculum


 

Department of Arabic

 

Course Code

Core or Elective

Course Name

Course Description

ARAB531

Core

Advanced Arabic Rhetoric: Talkhīṣ al-miftāḥ and Mukhtaṣar al-Maʿānī I

Mukhtaar al-Maʿānī is Saʿd al-Dīn al-Taftāzānī’s (d. 792/1390) commentary on Khaṭīb al-Qazwīnī’s (d. 739/1338) Talkhī al-Miftā, which in turn is a study on the third section of Abū Ya'qūb al-Sakkākī’s (d. 626/1229) Miftāh al-'Ulūm covering maʿānī (the study of how variations in syntax affect meaning), bayān (the study of figurative language), and badīʿ (the study of other stylistic devices), the three sub-disciplines of 'ilm al-balāghah (Arabic rhetoric). Using Talkhī al-Miftā and Mukhtaar al-Maʿānī, the course will teach these three disciplines with the aim of giving students a strong grounding in Arabic rhetoric, so that they have a deeper appreciation of the Noble Qurʾān and the Arabic language. al-Talkhīs and Mukhtaar al-Maʿānī have traditionally been the final works taught on Arabic language and rhetoric in traditional institutions of Islamic higher learning, since students who master these works will be able to do independent research in classical works on Arabic language.

ARAB532

Core

Advanced Arabic Rhetoric: Talkhīṣ al-miftāḥ and Mukhtaṣar al-Maʿānī II

Mukhtaar al-Maʿānī is Saʿd al-Dīn al-Taftāzānī’s (d. 792/1390) commentary on Khaṭīb al-Qazwīnī’s (d. 739/1338) Talkhī al-Miftā, which in turn is a study on the third section of Abū Ya'qūb al-Sakkākī’s (d. 626/1229) Miftāh al-'Ulūm covering maʿānī (the study of how variations in syntax affect meaning), bayān (the study of figurative language), and badīʿ (the study of other stylistic devices), the three sub-disciplines of 'ilm al-balāghah (Arabic rhetoric). Using Talkhī al-Miftā and Mukhtaar al-Maʿānī, the course will teach these three disciplines with the aim of giving students a strong grounding in Arabic rhetoric, so that they have a deeper appreciation of the Noble Qurʾān and the Arabic language. al-Talkhīs and Mukhtaar al-Maʿānī have traditionally been the final works taught on Arabic language and rhetoric in traditional institutions of Islamic higher learning, since students who master these works will be able to do independent research in classical works on Arabic language.