The Arabic Alphabet: How to read and write it

by Nicholas Awde & Putros Samanoalph
Lyle Stuart, 1986
96 pages, $13.95, paperback
ISBN 978-0818404306
Rating: ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ 

This is a solid book for complete novices. It touches on quite a few things while showing how to write Arabic. I’m the kind of person who doesn’t like my peas to touch my carrots, meaning I prefer to have separate books for grammar, writing, and the history of the language. But in this case I’ll make an exception. There is very nice attention paid to forming each letter, plus vowel marks. which are shown on the sample words. Putros Samano did a great job on the lettering: big enough and clear. Hints on pronunciation.  I really like to look at more than one source for most Arabic language things: the material might be the same, but almost always tricky things are explained awdein different ways and each author makes their own tangents an possibly mentions something the others didn’t. This book stands up very well.

Nicholas Awde was born in 1961, in London. He grew up in Sudan, among other places. He’s done quite a few different things, I must say.

Putros Samano was born in Iraq in 1953. Since 1974 he has been an Arabic/English translator and interpreter in Britain.

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