Gateway To Arabic : Handwriting Book
By Dr. Imran Hamza Alawiye
PB, 68pp, Educational Exercise Book
Published and Distributed by Anglo-Arabic Graphics Ltd., Middlesex, U.K.
For students of Arabic who have completed at least book one of the 'Gateway to Arabic' series and who wish to learn Arabic handwriting.
Gateway to Arabic is a
well-structured, progressive course that has been carefully designed to teach
Arabic in a non-Arabic-speaking environment to learners from a broad age range.
The series has become well established in Britain and America and is used by a
great many Muslim schools and madrasahs, as well as being stocked by the
majority of Islamic bookshops in Britain. It is also well suited to individuals
wishing to engage in self-study of the language.
This is a new curriculum series and has had remarkable success in its first year
of usage. A well-structured progressive course designed to teach Arabic to
students in a non-Arabic speaking environment. It contains a wealth of exercises
to reinforce vocabulary and the understanding and application of grammar.
Extensive research and piloting ensures that materials are easy to learn from
and to teach. Books are designed to cater to the Muslim child learning Arabic in
English speaking countries.
The series is intended to take the student from having no knowledge of Arabic,
all the way up to GCSE level (the U.K.ís General Certificate in Secondary
Education) and beyond.
The Gateway to Arabic Handwriting Book has been written as part of the "Gateway
to Arabic" series with a view to giving students the opportunity to learn,
practise and acquire proficiency in a fluent style of Arabic handwriting. It is
recommended that students should already have completed at least Book One of the
Gateway series and be familiar with the Arabic alphabet before embarking upon
this book. Although a number of handwriting styles are used in the Middle East,
the style taught in this book, namely ruk'ah, is the most widespread and the
easiest to learn. Compared to the printed style of Arabic, which is termed naskh,
ruk'ah offers the advantage of being much quicker to write.
The book has been organised so that identical naskh and ruk'ah texts appear on
facing pages for ease of comparison and contrast. The first section sets out the
letters of the Arabic alphabet in all their forms: initial, medial, final and
isolate. The precise direction and sequence of pen movements for each letter
have been clearly indicated through the use of numbered arrows.
Having completed the presentation of the alphabet in all its forms, the book
then provides the student with the chance to practise copying complete words and
phrases, most of which would already be familiar to the Muslim student. A
further opportunity for the reinforcement of handwriting skills is given through
the copying of selective ayat (verses of the Qur'an). A translation of these
verses is included on the page on which they appear.
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