Quranic Linguistics Institute
Quranic Linguistics FAQ
What is the Quranic Linguistics series?
The multi-level Quranic linguistics curriculum is designed to develop solid foundations in the three primary disciplines of Quranic Arabic: Morphology, Grammar, and Rhetoric. For details, see Overview of the 3-Level Quranic Linguistics Series
How long does it take to complete QL courses?
For a detailed breakdown of hours for each text book, please refer to:
What’s the best way to learn Quranic Linguistics?
The most efficient, effective and logical way to mastering Quranic linguistics is to begin with Arabic morphology, which is like planting seeds into the ground. The second step is Arabic grammar, which is like watering the tree until its branches are fully developed. The third step, Arabic rhetoric, is the sweet fruit.
What's the best way to learn Arabic?
We recommend a three-pronged approach: (1) Reading Comprehension & Conversational Skills, (2) Arabic Linguistics, (3) Tajwid. Ideally, the three subjects should be taught in parallel. For details see The Three Components of a Successful Quranic Arabic Program.
How long does it take to learn the three components?
That depends on many factors such as the number of contact hours spent per week, prior exposure, linguistic/cultural background, age, learning abilities, teaching methodology, pace of instruction, and the curriculum/books used. The numbers listed below are estimates that are only intended to give a rough idea (actual numbers may vary):
(See above: How long does it take to Complete QL Series ?)
- Tajwid: 200 to 1000 contact hours
- RCC: 600 to 1000 contact hours
- Linguistics: 250 to 300 contact hours
What about studying Arabic abroad?
I’m in High School. Is QL appropriate for me?
Yes. See QL is Appropriate for All Levels.
What do Arabic teachers say about QL?
What is the pre-requisite for QL One?
What is the pre-requisite for QL Basic?
The only pre-requisite for Easy Intro to Arabic (aka QL Basic) is the ability to read/write Arabic alphabet or the ability to read the Quran (even if without understanding, slowly, or without tajwid)
What level of proficiency is attained after completing QL3?
After successful completion of QL3, the student should be able to perform linguistic analysis of the Quran as well as understand most modern and classical commentaries (tafaseer) of the Quran. The QL series helps gain a deeper understanding of Hadeeth and Arabic literature. Furthermore, QL series also serves as a necessary pre-requisite for academic study of all Islamic disciplines including Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, Aqida, etc. إن شاء الله
I’m an intermediate/advanced Arabic student. Do I still need QL?
Masters and PhD candidates for Arabic and Islamic studies regularly enroll in QL courses to strengthen and enhance their linguistic skills.
According to Dr. Ayman al-Shawwa (Professor of Arabic, University of Damascus), the series is not only beneficial for beginners, but also necessary for advanced students who, according to him, “cannot do without it”. See Dr. Ayman's Arabic foreword in the Curriculum section.
I have a BA in Arabic. Do I still need QL?
Please see the question above.
Which Arabic curriculum is right for me? How can I make an informed decision?
Is QL for intermediate/advanced students only?
QL is appropriate for all levels: beginners, intermediate, and advanced. Please see Is QL Appropriate for Beginners? Both beginners and experienced Arabic teachers have benefited tremendously from QL courses.
Who is qualified to teach Quranic Linguistics?
My local community Arabic teacher is Interested in QL. What resources are there to help her?
- Note: Arabic teachers are highly recommended to take QL based summer intensive courses at institutes such as Fawakih.
My organization wants to get QL certification for our Arabic faculty. What’s the process?
How can I find a qualified QL teacher in my community?
The number of qualified QL teachers is growing rapidly in North America, Europe, Middle East, and other regions. Please contact us at QL@QuranicLinguistics.com and tell us about your location. We’ll do our best to help you find a qualified QL teacher nearby.
How does QL compare with classical texts such as الأجرومية ،
شذور الذهب ، ألفية ابن مالك ?
Ajerumiyya is a great introductory classical grammar text that primarily discusses syntax and inflection. It was supposedly written to introduce grammar to Arab children who already know Arabic. It does NOT discuss Sarf (morphology). On the other hand, QL 1 is primarily a text on introductory morphology with only one unit for syntax and inflection. Unit 4, the only unit in QL1 dedicated to grammar, covers about 80% to 90% of what Ajerumiyyah provides, some in more details, some in less. Thus, it is not fair to compare Ajerumiyya with QL1 because the two focus on different disciplines: QL 1 is primarily for Sarf whereas Ajerumiyyah is primarily concerned with introductory syntax and inflection. QL2, however, journeys into a whole new sphere of grammar that Ajerumiyyah doesn't and was never intended for. Roughly speaking, QL2 covers over 50 times more grammar than Ajerumiyyah.
What classical texts may be compared to the QL series?
While it is impossible to provide a precise comparison, QL2 and QL3 combined are more or less comparable to classical texts such as Alfiyyah (ibn Malik), Shuzur az Zahab (ibn Hisham), and al-Kawakib ad-Durriyyah (Muhammad al-Ahdal). In some cases QL gives more than these respective texts, while in other cases, it provides less. QL’s primary goal is Quranic Arabic, where these classical texts aren’t necessarily restricted to Quranic Arabic. Thus, they cover a wider range of topics than QL does.
Which texts go beyond QL2 / QL3 ?
There are many. Some of the most detailed and authoritative linguistic works that go well beyond QL2 and QL3 combined (which are frequently referenced throughout the QL series) include :
جامع الدروس العربية (مصطفى الغلاييني)
النحو الوافي (عبّاس حسن)
معاني النحو (فاضل السامرائي)
البلاغة العربيّة (عبد الرحمن حبنّكة)
التطبيق الصرفي (عبده الراجحي)
حاشية الصبان على شرح الأشموني عىلى ألفية ابن مالك
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