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.

part |2 pages

PART 1 Sources of the study of Arabic

chapter 2|14 pages

2 Trustworthy data

chapter 3|14 pages

3 Grammarians and the dialects

part |2 pages

PART 2 Pre-Islamic Arabic

chapter 4|25 pages

4 The pre-Islamic linguistic situation

chapter 5|14 pages

5 Pre-Islamic dialects

chapter 7|11 pages

7 The dual paradigm

chapter 8|19 pages

8 The case system

part |2 pages

PART 3 Arabic after Islam and diaspora

chapter 9|22 pages

9 The influence of Islam and the conquests

chapter 10|24 pages


chapter 11|12 pages

The dialects

chapter 12|14 pages

Dialect division

part |4 pages

PART 4 Classical Arabic

chapter 13|11 pages

From pre-Classical to Classical

chapter 14|9 pages

The functional load of Classical Arabic