History and Development of the Arabic Language is a general introduction for students to the history of the Arabic language. It is divided into two parts; the pre-Islamic language up to the emergence of the first well-known works of Classical Arabic. Secondly, the transition from the pre-Islamic situation to the complex Arabic language forms after the emergence of Islam and the Arab conquests, both in Arabia and in the diaspora. The book focuses on the pre-Islamic linguistic situation, where the linguistic geography and relevant demographic aspects of pre-Islamic Arabia will be introduced. In addition, the book will also discuss the communicative contexts and varieties of Modern Arabic.
The book includes readings, discussion questions and data sets to provide a complete textbook and resource for teachers and students of the history of Arabic.
Mohamed El-Sharkawi is Assistant Professor of Arabic at Wayne State University, USA, and was previously lecturer at Brown University, USA.
Preface Introduction Chapter One: The Geography and Demography of pre-Islamic Arabia Part One: Sources of the Study of Arabic Chapter Two: Trust Worthy Data Chapter Three: Grammarians and the Dialects Partt Two: Pre-Islamic Arabic Chapter Four: The Pre-Islamic Linguistic Situation Chapter Five: Pre-Islamic Dialects Chapter Six: Signs of Development in Pre-Islamic Arabic Chapter Seven: The Dual Paradigm Chapter Eight: The Case System Part Three: Arabic After Islam and Diaspora Chapter Nine: The Influence of Islam and the Conquests Chapter Ten: Arabicization Chapter Eleven: The Dialects Chapter Twelve: Dialect Division Part Four: Classical Arabic Chapter Thirteen: From Pre-Classical to Classical Chapter Fourteen: The Functional Load of Classical Arabic Conclusion Tables References