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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to Classical Arabic. Arabic, in a number of local spoken forms, is the mother-tongue of more than 250 million people. The classical form of the language, however, plays a central role in the lives of the world’s approximately 1.2 billion Muslims as it is the language of the Islamic revelation – the Qur’ān. Classical Arabic is also the language of canonical prayer and the religious discourse (scriptural exegesis, jurisprudence and theology, for instance.) In this module students develop knowledge and skills in the morphology, syntax and vocabulary of Classical Arabic, and will begin to read and translate basic texts in Classical Arabic

Learning Outcomes

1. Read and write using the Arabic writing system
2. Understand the basic morphology and syntax of Classical Arabic
3. Manipulate a core vocabulary of the most frequently encountered Arabic words
4. Read, and translate basic texts in Classical Arabic from both the modern and pre-modern period
5. Use the standard reference tools necessary for engaging with Classical Arabic texts

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study101No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Arabic – a brief historical and linguistic survey

The Arabic writing system

Arabic Morphology

Arabic Syntax

Arabic core vocabulary (thematic)

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
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TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Jones, Alan: 2005, Arabic through the Qur’ān, Islamic Texts Society, Cambridge,
  • Versteegh, Kees: 2001, The Arabic Language, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh,
  • Fischer, Wolfgang: 2002, A Grammar of Classical Arabic, 3rd ed, Yale University Press, New Haven,
  • Shah, Mustafa: 2008, “The Arabic language.” Pages 261–277 in The Islamic World (ed. Andrew Rippin), Routhledge, London,
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