Guided Arabic Reading – Level 3

Course Date:

Start date:  Sunday, 2nd October 2022

End date:  Sunday, 16th July 2023

Sundays 7pm - 8.15pm

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Course Teachers:

Ustadh Sulayman Mohammed Shahnawaz


GAR003 @ £250.00

This course will endeavour to complete a reading of Ibn Daqiq al-Eid’s short commentary on the 40 hadith of Imam Nawawi. Students will prepare the set passage for each class and then attempt their readings in class with the assistance of the instructor where required. This is a unique opportunity to put into practice knowledge of Arabic grammar and etymology and decipher a short classical text. This course will provide you the competences and the necessary practice  to progress to confidently navigating full Arabic texts independently.


Sample lesson from Guided Arabic Reading – Level 2


Student Testimonials:

“I have thoroughly enjoyed and benefitted from the Guided Arabic Reading course. I started the course because I felt it was important for me to put into practice the Arabic grammar rules I had learnt. This course provided me with this experience and I have also learnt new grammar rules along the way as they have came up in the texts. My grasp of the 10 most common verb forms has certainly improved, as I personally learn better with examples. Ustad Sulayman is very good at explaining how the 3 letter root is derived from more complex verbs, using the interactive tools online, thus making it easier to look up translations from the Hans Wehr.” (Sohaib Nisar)

I really appreciated this course as I learnt so much about reading with unvowelled and vowelled texts and also with correct pronunciation. The in depth grammatical concepts were taught at a pace that was relevant to my learning so that it did not overwhelm me. I would recommend this course to anyone wishing to improve their Arabic reading of classical texts. The teacher is very knowledgeable and understanding of learners individual needs and keeps all types of learners advanced and beginners engaged and involved. (Abid Khan)

Course Materials: Students will prepare passages from the course text which will be provided as a pdf.

Course Duration: 30 x 75 mins sessions

Commitment: Attend and prepare the text for the weekly live class

What does the programme offer and allow you to achieve?

1.     Detailed knowledge and effective understanding of the structures, registers and varieties of Arabic.

2.     Effective understanding of the linguistic principles required to analyse Arabic.

3.     By the end of the course you will be able to independently read this classical text

You must have completed Level 2 of the Guided Arabic Reading or similar. You must also have a working knowledge of Arabic grammar (nahw) and etymology (sarf) course having completed Medina Course Books 1, 2, and 3 or Haywood & Nahmad’s, A New Arabic Grammar, or studied the Ajrumiyya as a minimum.

Given below is a sample text for Level 3. If you think you can make a decent attempt at translating this with a dictionary and some assistance from the teacher in the live lessons with any structures and vocabulary, then this is the level for you.

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