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Acon - Arabic Verb Conjugator
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This site's sole function is to provide users with full conjugations of Arabic verbs. It allows users to select any three letter root from a pick a verb form (I-X) and then view a list of the verb conjugated for all pronouns in present and past tense, passive and active voice, and in all three Arabic verb cases.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
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Interactive
Provider:
Baykal Erol
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Adab Arabic Poetry
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This website hosts many examples of poetry from the jahiliyyah period to the present in an attempt to create a comprehensive diwan of Arabic poetry. Some poems have an audio component. Users can browse poetry by time period, by audio file, by author's name, or by custom search. The website is also in English and there are many poems that have been translated into English, although some poems that are on the website in English are not on the website in Arabic and vice versa. Users can submit poetry to the website via a submission system.

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Languages
Literature
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Reading
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adab
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Al-Bab (Portal)
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Al-Bab is a portal website designed to introduce non-Arabs to Arab culture by providing links to news sources, country profiles, articles, and a blog on Middle East current events. There are also specific links related to learning Arabic: dictionaries, language classes, textbooks, and other information pertaining to the study of Arabic. A free e-book, The Birth of Modern Yemen, is available for download.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
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Reading
Provider:
British-Yemeni Society
Date Added:
10/11/2013
All The Arabic You Never Learned The First Time Around
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This book is intended for those who have already learned to read Arabic but are still struggling with the basics of Arabic grammar. The book moves from the very simple to the very complex, and includes examples and exercises in each chapter to reinforce learning. The key to the exercises is found in the back of the book. The book is difficult to find, as it was published at the Defense Language Institute. A free non-searchable PDF version is available through this site, and a searchable PDF is also available for purchase.

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Languages
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Defense Language Institute - Foreign Language Center
Author:
James Price
Date Added:
09/12/2013
Alphabets
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Mainly an Islamic site for children, this section of Play & Learn provides an introduction to all of the letters in the Arabic alphabet. There are a total of 74 printable worksheets, some of which provide practice for children to write the letters and some intended for children to recognize the letters in their connected and unconnected forms. The worksheets also provide practice with long vowels and tanween and the site provides downloadable audio pronunciations of each letter.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
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Homework/Assignment
Provider:
Play & Learn
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film
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Arab Culture through Literature and Film is a five unit high school curriculum that provides students with knowledge and tools toanalyze and understand the Arab world. The materials utilize a student-centered pedagogical approach that promotes critical thinking and respect and encourages engaged global citizenship. Through this curriculum, students will recognize shared themes across the region and gain a sense of the rich diversity inherent to the multidimensional cultures of the Arab world. Students will study life and culture in the Arab world and engage with primary sources including films, short stories, and poems. Exposing students to Arab voices and putting human faces on the Arab world will increase understanding and tolerance in the American classroom.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Unit of Study
Provider:
Portland State University
Provider Set:
Middle East Studies Center
Date Added:
10/17/2013
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Daily Life, Kinship, Marriage and Family
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Across the Arab world, kinship and familial association are cornerstones of society and the experience of every individual. Though each kin group functions in a unique way, there is a pervasive pattern of reliance on family networks regardless of religion, gender, ethnicity, or class. This unit explores concepts and structures of family in Arab societies from a variety of angles. Students will explore Jordanian customs and consider the values behind them and their relation to family. They will also hear from gay and lesbian Middle Easterners who reflect on their concepts of family and its impact on their coming-out processes. Students will read select short stories and poems and watch Ajami, a film in which the plot is fueled by character reactions to their families' needs. In the final lesson of this unit, students will synthesize all of the lessons above to create an Arab kinship themed version of Chutes and Ladders that demonstrates the role of kinship in setting and realizing individual goals.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Unit of Study
Provider:
Portland State University
Provider Set:
Middle East Studies Center
Date Added:
10/17/2013
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Gender Roles
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This curriculum understands gender and gender roles as social constructs that are built, defined, and fulfilled on an individual and societal level. These roles are both an outcome of and rationale for appearance, behavior, and interactions of individuals and groups. Such concepts of gendered behavior are impacted by various factors including one's age, geographic location, social class, religion, marital status, and ethnicity. In this unit, students explore the dynamics of gender in the Arab world and consider their varied manifestations, perhaps challenging traditional notions of gender in the region. Students will explore the nuances of gendered interactions in public and private space and the pressures that gender expectations may place on individuals in the region. By engaging with texts and stories from the region, students will consider how those traditional expectations are negotiated and contested in a variety of ways.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
Ethnic Studies
Women's Studies
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Unit of Study
Provider:
Portland State University
Provider Set:
Middle East Studies Center
Date Added:
10/17/2013
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Introduction to the Arab World
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The Arab world is a large and diverse region that spans from Morocco in the west, through the Levant, and the Arabian Peninsula. It includes twenty-three countries and represents a wide range of customs, traditions, and cultures. This unit frames the region through the lens of cultural unity and diversity, a concept essential to this curriculum. The historical and cultural background provided in this unit serves as a foundation for students to identify and understand the nuances and complexities of the region. Additionally, students are introduced to the primary tool used for cultural analysis of the Arab world throughout the curriculum, the culture as an iceberg metaphor.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Unit of Study
Provider:
Portland State University
Provider Set:
Middle East Studies Center
Date Added:
10/17/2013
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Language and Ethnicity
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Though the Arab world is broadly defined by a shared Arab ethnicity, there are actually a variety of ethnic groups in the region, many of whom are indigenous to the land. Each of these ethnic groups, including the Amazigh, the Bedouin, the Nubians, and the Kurds, has a unique history and culture and often their own language as well. Since the early years of Arab expansion, these indigenous groups have negotiated their acceptance and integration into the dominant Arab culture, at times adopting elements of the culture and at other times, rejecting it. This unit introduces students to ethnic groups in the Arab world and guides them through an understanding of their lived experience as minorities in the region. Students will consider the challenges that face specific ethnicities and explore how these groups negotiate their collective identity and membership in the region. Students will study the activity of Amazigh activists, read Kurdish poetry, and watch a documentary about the Nubians. They'll end the unit by conducting independent research on an ethnic minority of their choosing.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
Ethnic Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Unit of Study
Provider:
Portland State University
Provider Set:
Middle East Studies Center
Date Added:
10/17/2013
Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: Religious Expression
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Religion permeates through the cultures and societies of the Arab world, manifesting itself in diverse ways. Its presence is seen at an institutional level as well as in personal behaviors and interactions including dress, daily routines, and patterns of speech. Although religion is ubiquitous, the way individuals understand and practice their religion varies widely. Furthermore, while Islam is the predominant religion of the region, religious sentiment pervades broadly and a host of other religions are practiced throughout the region. This unit guides students through an understanding of religion in the Arab world within its own cultural context. It challenges students to consider the complexities of religion and religious expression in a region in which its presence is unavoidable. This unit exposes students to diverse religious practices and expressions of Islam and the relationships between religious practitioners in the region.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
World Cultures
Cultural Geography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Unit of Study
Provider:
Portland State University
Provider Set:
Middle East Studies Center
Date Added:
10/17/2013
Arabic Calligraphy
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What started out as a gallery to display the calligraphy of two artists is today a website devoted to the art of Arabic calligraphy. It includes a wall where other artists can post their own Arabic calligraphy, basic information on the Arabic language, a blog about calligraphy, and more. Users can post comments on the website.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Arabic Calligraphy
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic-English Lexicon by Edward William Lane
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First published in the 19th century, the Arabic-English Lexicon by Edward William Lane remains one of the widely used resources for classical Arabic - English translation. Entries are based on the root system and are exhaustive, often including examples of the use of the word in classical poetry and other classical texts. This online version allows the scholar to utilize the 8 volume dictionary by searching the root via the Arabic letters on the left hand side of the page. The site shows scanned images from the corresponding pages of the print version of the lexicon.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Tyndale House
Date Added:
09/12/2013
Arabic Grammar Lessons
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This page contains brief lessons about specific grammatical issues and focuses mostly on Egyptian colloquial Arabic, though it does also include some information about Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Given their brevity, the lessons are of limited use.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Student Guide
Provider:
Desert-Sky
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic Grammar Tutorials
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This site has numerous brief, text tutorials on formal Arabic grammatical topics such as sentence structure, verb conjugation, and pronouns, as well as an extended section on the 10 most common verb forms. These tutorials usually favor transliteration over Arabic script.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Multimedia Qur'an
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic Grammar of the Written Language (PDF)
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First published in 1910, this book focuses exclusively on the grammar of Modern Standard Arabic as it is used in written Arabic. It contains an introduction that explains the Arabic alphabet and pronunciation and 49 lessons that describe the foundational grammatical elements of MSA, including articles, gender, and the noun and verb systems. The text includes Arabic-English and English-Arabic vocabulary sections as well as a supplement with extract from the Qur'an, classical literature, media, and correspondence. The filesize of the PDF is 32 MB.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Julius Groos
Author:
Ernst Harder
Griffithes Wheeler Thatcher
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic History and Culture
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This webpage provides elementary information on aspects of Arab culture and history, including religion, politics, naming conventions, and Persian influence on Arab culture and language. The information seems to have been authored by the site's administrator, and contains no references or citations.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Religious Studies
World Cultures
Ancient History
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Individual Authors
Author:
Hani Deek
Date Added:
09/17/2013
Arabic Language
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Learn Arabic Language is a website that intends to teach the basics of the Arabic language, including background information on Arabic and its history. It contains information on the letters in their isolated position and numbers. The website further contains lists of pronouns, verbs, animal names, foods, grammar information, and more. All Arabic words are transliterated. The website also includes short lists of Arabic language books and Arabic schools throughout the U.S. and Egypt.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
U.S. History
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Arabic-learner
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic Language for Schools
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This website contains some animated lessons of the subjects studied in schools. There are three categories: elementary for grades 4, 5, and 6, intermediate for grades 7, 8, and 9, and secondary for grades 10, 11, and 12. In the Arabic language section, there are texts, grammar lessons, reading lessons, balaghah, and more. For each lesson, the user is provided with synonyms, antonyms, plural and singular forms of vocabulary, exercises, summary, and the objective.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
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Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Reading
Provider:
Skoool Egypt
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic On-line
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Arabic On-line provides a variety of resources to learn the Arabic language. It offers a summary of the alphabet as well as a platform to practice it by taking quizzes. In addition, it offers a comprehensive list of vocabulary words that cover diverse topics such us vocabulary words relating to military terminology, ecology, the body, emotions, leisure, politics and much more. The words are presented in English, Arabic, and French, among other languages. Other resources include a list of links to Arabic media and dictionaries.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Langsites
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic Online
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Arabic Online offers a large quantity of information about Arabic grammar divided up into "lessons," grouped by topic. The grammar sections contain many charts to help promote understanding. The site provides a vocabulary section with a large number of word lists grouped by topic.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Hani Deek
Author:
Hani Deek
Date Added:
10/11/2013
Arabic Papyrus, Parchment, and Paper
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The collection of Arabic papyrus, parchment, and paper at the J. Willard Marriott Library is the largest in the U.S. It contains several parchment pieces, 770 Arabic papyrus documents, and over 1,300 Arabic paper documents. The collection was compiled by Professor Atiya and his wife who purchased the collection over several years, largely from dealers in Egypt, Beirut, and London. Most of the collection originated in Egypt and the vast majority of the material is from 700 AD to the start of Ottoman rule. The collection is not yet cataloged.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
U.S. History
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
University of Utah
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic Poetry: Guzzle a Ghazal!
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The Bedouins of ancient Arabia and Persia made poetry a conversational art form. Several poetic forms developed from the participatory nature of tribal poetry. Today in most Arabic cultures, you may still experience public storytelling and spontaneous poetry challenges in the streets. The art of turning a rhyme into sly verbal sparring is considered a mark of intelligence and a badge of honor. Students will learn about the origins and structure of Arabic Poetry.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
World Cultures
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEment!
Author:
Individual Authors
Date Added:
12/05/2011
Arabic Transliteration Systems
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This site provides a list of six Arabic transliteration systems. Such systems include the Abdelsalam Heddaya's Qalam System of Transliteration and the Transliteration System of the Encyclopaedia of Islam. Also included on this webpage are articles and translations published by Nicholas Heer, mostly regarding Sufi works, as well as other materials such a downloadable Qur'an, information on Jawi literature, and information on classes taught by Nicholas Heer.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Syllabus
Provider:
Nicholas Heer
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Arabic Verbs
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This appendix describes the system of deriving Arabic verbs. Several examples are provided for verbs that belong to verb Forms I - X. In addition, examples of Forms XI-XV verbs, which are very rare forms in Modern Standard Arabic, are also provided. The appendix also demonstrates exceptions to the general rule, and describes the rules for weak, hamzated, doubled, and quadriliteral verbs.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Aratools Online Arabic-English Dictionary
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Aratools is an online dictionary that includes over 80,000 stems to translate from Arabic to English and from English into Arabic. The output provides a root-based translation for words and will provide the word's root and conjugation if it is a verb, as well as prefix and suffix morphology. A highly rated iOS app can be purchased to access the dictionary in mobile format.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Aratools
Date Added:
09/12/2013
Basic Arabic Course
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This website provides a free and open course in basic Arabic. It offers three sections: alphabet, grammar, and vocabulary. The lessons are very brief, and do not contain assistance for pronunciation. The grammar lessons contains noticeable errors, and only cover nominal sentences and form I verb conjugation. The vocabulary lessons are grouped by topic. The site also contains introductory texts about the Arabic language, alphabet, and dialects.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Arabic-course
Date Added:
11/06/2012
Critical Language Service (YouTube Channel)
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Critical Language Service offers playlists with video lessons that explain the material in Alif Baa, Al-Kitaab 1 (through lesson 11), and a series on Egyptian vocabulary. Videos designed for the Alif Baa series focus on stories to illustrate new vocabulary while the series designed for Al-Kitaab explains grammatical concepts introduced in the books, and demonstrate proper pronunciation. They also offer a playlist of 60 cartoon episodes in Arabic.

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Languages
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
Critical Language Service
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Educational Stories of Dictational Rules
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Educational Stories of Dictational Rules are sixteen stories and activities in slideshow format. These stories were made for students with learning disabilities. Short vowels, long vowels, the letter ta, double vowels, prepositions, and the letter hamza are some of the explained topics. The slideshows start with a story, state the grammar rule, and end with some exercises. The slideshows are enhanced with audio components.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
Minstry of Education Department Learning Disabilities - KSA
Date Added:
10/14/2013
ElixirFM Online Interface
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This online interface processes MSA using four different modes. The 'Resolve' mode provides tokenization and morphological analysis of the inserted text while the 'Inflect' mode lets users inflect words into the forms required by context. The 'Derive' mode allows users to derive words of similar meaning but different grammatical category. The 'Lookup' mode can lookup lexical entries by the citation form and nests of entries by the root; it also allows users to search in the English translations.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Linguistics
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Otakar Smr_, Viktor Bielick_, Tim Buckwalter
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Remix
Film-  Wadjda
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Film and Discussion Questions for Wadjda

"An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest."

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Arts and Humanities
Social Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Alexander Porcelli
Date Added:
08/08/2019
Flashcard Machine
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Flashcard Machine is a one stop search for flashcards. It contains printable flashcards that cover a plethora of Arabic vocabulary words. There are flashcards that provide the names of the week days, the months, and names of countries, and much more. Users can also study from flashcards that provide vocabulary words presented in textbooks such as the Al-Kitaab series.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Flash Card Machine, LLC
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Glossary of Arabic Grammar Terms
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This is a list of grammatical terms in alphabetical order in Arabic alongside their English meaning. The list is comprehensive, including definitions and explanations of terms that could be seen as vague, such as what is meant by "the ten letters."

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Middle East International Services
Date Added:
10/14/2013
The Golden Advice Regarding The Proper Manner Of Learning The Arabic Language
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This article provides advice on learning the Arabic language. The article discusses the differences between certain grammatical aspects of the language and what it is made of. In addition, it discusses how interested individuals should start learning the language. The article concludes with a series of advice on reading and learning the language.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Abu Umar al-Jurjani
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Grammar reference charts
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Part of an appendix to the eMuslim website, this is a document containing simple grammar reference charts. The charts do not contain explanations but rather Arabic examples of each grammatical concept. Concepts covered include subject and predicate, nouns and adjectives, the genitive case, plurals, gender, prepositions, possessive pronouns, verb conjugations, imperatives, active and passive participles, and masdars. The reference is two pages.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
eMuslim
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Grasping the Benefits Library (Saaid Al Fawaed)
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Saaid Al Fawaed or 'Grasp the Benefits' is an Islamic library that contains many books related to the explanation of the Holy Qur'an, the Prophet Muhammad, and more. A special section has been created on this website for the Arabic language. Here, the user can find grammar books, how-to-read books, dictionaries, and more. The site and its contents are entirely in Arabic.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Textbook
Provider:
Saaid
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Ilkhanid Mihrab
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This art history video discussion examines the "Mihrab" (prayer niche), 1354--55 (A.H. 755), just after the Ilkhanid period, Isfahan, Iran, polychrome glazed tiles, 135-1/16 x 113-11/16 inches / 343.1 x 288.7 cm (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York).

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Arts and Humanities
Art History
Literature
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture
Provider:
Khan Academy
Provider Set:
Smarthistory
Author:
Beth Harris
Steven Zucker
Date Added:
11/16/2012
Internet Archive - Arabic Resources
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This site contains many books of every language that have entered the public domain or that were uploaded by copyright holders. A growing number of Arabic texts, as well as audio and video files (including famous speeches and songs), may be found by searching this site. Searches can be performed using Latin characters or Arabic characters, and advanced search options can help isolate desired resources.

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Internet Archive
Date Added:
09/12/2013
Islam Awakened Qur'an Index
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In addition to information and articles about Islam in English, this website also offers a complete copy of the Qur'an in Arabic and in transliteration with more than thirty English translations. This site separates out the translations by verse and divides them into "generally accepted translations of the meaning," "controversial, deprecated, or status undetermined works," and "non-Muslim and /or orientalist works."

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Arts and Humanities
Languages
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Islam Awakened
Date Added:
10/14/2013
Islamic Art and Culture: A Resource for Teachers
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In this packet we look at works that span nearly a thousand yearsäóîfrom shortly after the foundation of Islam in the seventh century to the seventeenth century when the last two great Islamic empiresäóîthe Ottoman and the Safavidäóîhad reached their peak. Although the definition of Islamic art usually includes work made in Mughal India, it is beyond the scope of this packet. The works we will look at here come from as far west as Spain and as far east as Afghanistan.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Art History
World Cultures
Material Type:
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
National Gallery of Art
Date Added:
02/16/2011