By Shahin-ur Rahman
In order to comfortably read Arabic texts without the need for diacritical marks, one must master the rules pertaining to Naḥw and Ṣarf before embarking on the reading journey. Not only is it an imperative to familiarise oneself with all the rules of grammar, but to be able to apply them into real literature and produce one’s own prose is of more importance. Therefore, it would not be incorrect to say the ability to read Arabic poetry and prose without diacritical marks is a skill acquired, not a science studied.
To reach such a stage, below is a suggested reading list which has been prepared upon request by a student of knowledge.
Note: The list will exclude any non-Arabic primers; the following list has been written for those who already have previous, albeit basic, knowledge of the fundamental Arabic sciences.Read More »
By: Thameem Ushama’
The ’Ulum al-Qur’an is a science that contributes to the proper understanding of the message of the Qur’an. Having gradually developed based on the earliest Islamic sources it serves as the primary guideline for
historical, technical, linguistic, stylistic, jurisprudential, interpretative and exegetical issues in the study of the Qur’an. Hence, this article presents a brief analysis of the origin and development of the ’Ulum during the era of the Companions, the Successors, and the Followers of Successors. It also takes stock of the works and evaluates the Muslim scholarship in the field. In addition, it explores the development and codification of various intra-related branches of the ’Ulum and highlights the contemporary Muslim contributions to this science.
I hope to be able to sort these books alphabetically and provide one post per book which would include all available editions. For now, I have simply listed the links to the Internet Archive where you can find the books organized in collections.
With help, I would also like to provide some posts that organize the books according to subject and also according to year of study in a typical Dars Nizami institution.
A must-read for any serious student of knowledge:
The translation of the original work in Urdu by Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani is not great and requires much improvement if ever a second edition is to by published. In any case, there is a lot to benefit from this wonderful collection of discussions on the Sciences of the Quran.