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Best Arabic Books to Read

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Arabic books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. Arabic Course for English Speaking Students – Madina Islamic University 3 Volumes Set (2005)

Best Arabic Books to ReadA tried and tested course over 40 years with proven track record of success, it is ideal in terms of the the topics covered and short time taken to learn. It is suitable for schools and colleges in the UK and other Western English speaking countries. Whilst there are now several courses available on the market for the teaching of the Arabic language, the unique features of this particular one are: It is very concise, consisting of only three books, all of which are short but extensive in their coverage. It combines modern Arabic vocabulary with Islamic…
Author(s): V. Abdur Rahim

2. Arabic Stories for Language Learners: Traditional Middle Eastern Tales In Arabic and English (Audio CD Included) (2013)

Best Arabic Books to ReadThe traditional stories of a country are invaluable at providing insight into understanding the culture, history and language of a people. A great way to learn Arabic, the sixty-six stories found in Arabic Stories for Language Learners present the vocabulary and grammar used every day in Arabic-speaking countries. Pulled from a wide variety of sources that have been edited and simplified for learning purposes, these stories are presented in parallel Arabic and English, facilitating language learning in the classroom and via self-study. Each story is followed by a series of questions in Arabic and English to test comprehension and…
Author(s): Hezi Brosh, Lutfi Mansur

3. The Arabic Alphabet: How to Read & Write It (2000)

Best Arabic Books to ReadEver larger numbers of people are starting to learn Arabic, while even more have some contact with the Arab world. Anyone who wishes to learn the language faces a hitherto formidable initial problem: the alphabet. This book proceeds step by step through all the letters of the Arabic alphabet, showing the sounds they stand for and how they are combined into words. Nothing essential is left out, but no unnecessary complications are added. Readers will find that progress is rapid and will be surprised at the relative ease with which they master the first steps in learning this increasingly important world language.The Arabic…
Author(s): Nicholas Awde, Putros Samano

4. Mastering Arabic 1 with 2 Audio CDs, Third Edition (2015)

Best Arabic Books to ReadThis hugely successful beginner’s course offers modern, engaging Modern Standard Arabic lessons through lively dialogues, varied exercises and fascinating cultural insights. This is the only user-friendly, accessible beginner level course on the market accompanied by audio CDs with native Arabic speakers. It suits an incredibly diverse learner base–self-study, through community college and school, to university primer/first year course. Students can continue their learning with a workbook “Mastering Arabic 1 Activity Book” and the intermediate level course…
Author(s): Mahmoud Gaafar

5. Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds [With DVD] (2010)

Best Arabic Books to ReadThe best-selling Alif Baa is the first volume of the Al-Kitaab Arabic language program and is now available in a new third edition. In this new version of the introduction to Arabic letters and sounds, English-speaking students will find an innovative integration of colloquial and formal (spoken and written) Arabic. Together, the book and new companion website provide learners with all the material necessary to learn the sounds of Arabic, write its letters, and begin speaking Arabic, including interactive, self-correcting exercises to enhance learning….
Author(s): Kristen Brustad , Mahmoud Al-Batal, et al.

6. Arabic from the Beginning: Part One (2013)

Best Arabic Books to ReadArabic from the Beginning: Part One…
Author(s): Imran Hamza Alawiye

7. Arabic-English Bilingual Visual Dictionary (DK Bilingual Visual Dictionaries) (2017)

Best Arabic Books to ReadNow comes with a companion audio app that allows readers to scan the pages to hear words spoken in both Arabic and English.Newly revised and updated, the Arabic–English Bilingual Visual Dictionary is a quick and intuitive way to learn and recall everyday words in Arabic.Introducing a range of useful current vocabulary in thematic order, this dictionary uses full-color photographs and artworks to display and label all the elements of everyday life—from the home and office to sport, music, nature, and the countries of the world—with panel features…
Author(s): DK

8. Mastering Arabic 1 Activity Book, Second Edition (2015)

Best Arabic Books to ReadThis second edition of the Activity Book has been updated to match the changes in Mastering Arabic 1, 3rd edition (2015). The Mastering Arabic 1 Activity Book provides a wealth of practice material for all beginners who want to understand, speak, and read Modern Standard Arabic confidently. Ideal for classroom use or self-study, the twenty practice units in this Activity Book mirror the twenty units in Mastering Arabic 1, 3rd edition, but this book also works well with any beginning Arabic course. Includes over 100 carefully-paced, engaging, and varied activities to reinforce vocabulary and basic…
Author(s): Mahmoud Gaafar

9. Your First 100 Words in Arabic : Beginner’s Quick & Easy Guide to Demystifying Non-Roman Scripts (1999)

Best Arabic Books to ReadThis book is designed to teach the beginner a basic vocabulary of 100 Arabic words―covering 8 everyday topics: around the home/ clothes/ around town (including transportation)/ countryside/ essentials/ opposities/ animals/ parts of the body….
Author(s): Jane Wightwick

10. The Toddler’s Handbook: Bilingual (English / Arabic) (الإنجليزية العربية) Numbers, Colors, Shapes, Sizes, ABC Animals, Opposites, and Sounds, with … Children’s Learning Books (Arabic Edition) (2017)

Best Arabic Books to ReadThe Toddler's Handbook introduces 17 basic concepts in English and Arabic. Included are numbers, colors, shapes, sizes, ABCs, animals, opposites, sounds, actions, sports, food, tableware, clothes, engines, emotions, body, and time. This book develops early language skills using 174 words that every kid should know. Vibrant colors and images are designed to attract the attention of babies and toddlers. This book will help children learn a variety of important concepts in English and Arabic before preschool….
Author(s): Dayna Martin, A.R. Roumanis

11. Easy Arabic Grammar (2005)

Best Arabic Books to ReadEasy Arabic Grammar is both a handy grammar reference and a primer/workbook for beginning to intermediate-level students of Arabic. Clear structural explanations and practice activities make it a perfect companion for formal language classes as well as any self-teaching course….
Author(s): Jane Wightwick, Mahmoud Gaafar

12. Arabic Through the Qur’an (Islamic Texts Society) (2005)

Best Arabic Books to ReadWhether used as a means of self-instruction or as part of higher learning coursework, this language primer is ideally suited for those wishing to learn classical Arabic and for Muslims who wish to learn Arabic exclusively for use in their religious and spiritual practice. Designed to enhance the understanding of the Qur’an and its vocabulary that has infiltrated the whole of Arabic and Islamic literature, this workbook provides 40 easy-to-follow lessons for learning Qur’anic rather than modern Arabic. Beginning with a section on the Arabic alphabet, the text moves on to individual lessons that address…
Author(s): Alan Jones

13. Merriam-Webster’s Arabic-English Dictionary, newest edition, mass-market paperback (English and Arabic Edition) (2010)

Best Arabic Books to ReadThis best-selling mass-market paperback bilingual, bidirectional dictionary uses current Arabic vocabulary (as it is spoken in the Arabic world) and up-to-date English words and phrases that reflect American English. It gives 43,000 entry words and more than 22,000 translations. IPA pronunciations and abundant usage examples are offered. Special sections include English Irregular Verbs, English pronunciation symbols, and the Arabic alphabet. It’s a great dictionary for language learners, teachers, travelers, and translators….
Author(s): Merriam-Webster, Inc.

14. Essential Skills in Arabic: From Intermediate to Advanced (2018)

Best Arabic Books to ReadDo you want to build on your Arabic reading, writing and listening skills? Improve your ability to communicate in this language? This is the book for you. Offering practical sessions and exercises, each module contains a wide range of authentic, contemporary texts so that you can practice your skills as they develop. Moving you from the intermediate to the advanced level of Arabic you will work through sessions on culture and society, the environment, education in the Arab world, global issues, media and communication, the economy, sports, and arts and literature. Each module…
Author(s): El Mustapha Lahlali, Radia Kesseiri

Best Arabic Books to Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some arabic books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Stories from One Thousand and One Nights: For Intermediate and Advanced Students of Arabic

Author(s): Ghada Bualuan
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2288596

Practice Makes Perfect: Arabic Verb Tenses, Premium Second Edition

Author(s): Jane Wightwick
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education, Year: 2019, Size: 37 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2309101

Automatic Speech Recognition of Arabic Phonemes with Neural Networks: A Contrastive Study of Arabic and English

Author(s): Mohammed Dib
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2311855

Heirs of the Apostles. Studies on Arabic Christianity in Honor of Sidney H. Griffith

Author(s): David Bertaina, Sandra Toenies Keating, Mark N. Swanson, Alexander Treiger
Publisher: Brill, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2318985

Arabic Corpus Linguistics

Author(s): Tony McEnery (Editor), Andrew Hardie (Editor), Nagwa Younis (Editor)
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2321766

Arabic Media Dictionary

Author(s): El Mustapha Lahlali
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2335330

The Renaissance of the Levant. Arabic and Greek Discourses of Reform in the Age of Nationalism

Author(s): Michael Kreutz
Publisher: de Gruyter, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2340127

Arabic Second Language Learning and Effects of Input, Transfer, and Typology

Author(s): Mohammad T. Alhawary
Publisher: Georgetown University Press, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2356232

Working with different text type in English and Arabic : translation in practice

Author(s): Bahaa-Eddin Abulhassan Hassan
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 949 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 2366369

The Arabic Classroom: Context, Text and Learners

Author(s): Mbaye Lo
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2370256

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly hot items according to Los Angeles Times, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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