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Arabic Language Books1. The Arabic Alphabet: How to Read & Write It by Nicholas Awde, Paperback: 95 pages, Publisher: Lyle Stuart
This book takes about one or two days to finish, but teaches you everything you need to know about the alphabet. It teaches you all the forms of the letters of course; isolated, final, medial, and initial. And don't forget about vowels, they are just as important. At the end of the book it gives you the first chapter of the Holy Koran to read in Arabic, and it gives you the transliteration and translation. In addition to the above, the authors discuss many more difficulties and concepts which will aid you in learning Arabic, whichever text you're working from. Overall, this is almost an essential supplement to any other Arabic book, especially for anyone trying to learn Arabic through self-study. Also an essential teaching aid, this book is informative and fun.

2. Al Mawrid (English-Arabic/ Arabic-English dictionary) by Mounir Baalbaki, Rouhi, Dr. Baalbaki, Hardcover: 2376 pages, Publisher: Dar El Ilm Lilmalayin
Containing over 200.000 entries, it is the most comprehensive bilingual Arabic-English and English-Arabic lexicon. An excellent reference for those who seek a precise and advanced translation between Arabic and English. However, beginners should try something else.

3. Arabic to English Dictionary: The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, Paperback: 1301 pages, Publisher: Spoken Language Services
An excellent book for beginners and intermediate students. The scholarship, accuracy and reliability of this dictionary make it one of the most significant contributions to Arabic lexicography. It is hoped that this masterpiece will point the way to wider use of modern lexicographical principles in the compilation of dictionaries for earlier periods of the Arabic language.

4. Read and Speak Arabic for Beginners by Jane Wightwick, Mahmoud Gaafar, Paperback: 112 pages, Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Ideal for lower level students, tourists and business travelers, the books are organized around the seven key areas of everyday life: names and nationality; naming objects; positions and places; describing possessions; appearances; family; and jobs and workplaces. Features include: Clear explanations of how basic phrases are used for practical communication; Entertaining activities, games, and puzzles; Illustrated flash cards that help in the memorization of key phrases; A 60-minute CD, featuring speaking and listening exercises and audio games.

5. Standard Arabic: An Elementary-Intermediate Course by Eckehard Schulz, Günther Krahl, Wolfgang Reuschel, Paperback: 656 pages, Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book presents a comprehensive foundation course for beginning students of written and spoken Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), providing an essential grounding for successful communication with speakers of the many colloquial varieties. This long-established and successful text has been completely revised with the needs of English-speaking learners especially in mind, and will prove invaluable to students and teachers alike. Arabic-English Glossary containing 2600 entries; Grammatical terms also given in Arabic enabling students to attend language courses in Arab countries; Wide variety of exercises and drills to reinforce grammar points, vocabulary learning and communicative strategies; Includes a key to the exercises; Accompanying cassettes also available.

6. Standard Arabic Student's book : An Advanced Course by James Dickins, Janet C. E. Watson, Paperback: 622 pages, Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This comprehensive course is designed for intermediate to advanced students of Arabic at upper undergraduate level. It uses authentic materials and a wide variety of techniques to develop the four basic language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Each of the twenty chapters is designed around a particular topic relating to the culture, history, politics, geography or society of the Arab Middle East, to give students an insight into important aspects of the region.

7. The Holy Quran: An English Translation by Allamah Nooruddin, Abdul Mannan (Translator), Amatul Rahman Omar (Translator), Leather Bound: 950 pages, Publisher: Noor Foundation-Intl
This is a wonderful translation of the Quran. Pure, simple, literal and very faithful to the Arabic text, with no hindrance in the reading flow. The index is very complete and provides a good quick reference to anyone wishing to use This textbook as a comparison for other concepts. If you are a student of Islam, world religion, Arabic, philosophy, culture, or just interested in what Quran says, this is definately worth having.

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