Introduction to Qur’anic Script

by Syed Barakat Ahmad001111410-hq-168-80
Curzon Press, 1985, revised edition
172 pages, $54
ISBN 978-0700710690
Rating: ✭ ✭

Meant for those wanting to read the Qur’an: the author states he is concerned only with reading, not writing, although there are pages on proportions of letters. Interesting chapter on Qur’anic punctuation, which is largely about how to recite the Qur’an, hence markings for stops, breaths, and places where it is better not to stop. Marginal marks are explained; these show the division of the Qur’an into surah, ayah and ruku.

It seems that many non-Arabic speaking Muslims have a wealth of services, on  line and at mosques, for help with learning to read Arabic. For the general learner, this is a very focused text and may not cover general concerns.

In this early 1970s picture Syed Muhammad Fazal Shah Sahib presides at an annual Majlis (urs of Hazrat Haider Ali Shah Sahib). On his right is his eldest son, Syed Barakat Ahmed and on his left is his younger brother, Nawab Sir Mehr Shah.

In this early 1970s picture Syed Muhammad Fazal Shah Sahib presides at an annual Majlis. On his right is his eldest son, Syed Barakat Ahmed and on his left is his younger brother, Nawab Sir Mehr Shah.

Syed Barakat Ahmad had a doctorate in Arab history and literature. He served in the Indian diplomatic service and retired as India’s High Commissioner to the West Indies. He was also  a student of Arabic teaching at the Al Azhar and Aligarh Universities. He died in 1988.

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