Introduction to Qur'anic Script

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Psychology Press, 1999 - 172 pages
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The Qur'an, which is the fountainhead of Arabic literature, is the easiest Arabic book to read. But there is no standard book in English to teach Qur'anic Arabic script. Introduction to Qur'anic Script fulfils that need. It is a comprehensive 30-lesson course which teaches Qur'anic Arabic script and the correct reading of the Qur'an. As a script can be studied only within the framework of its language, the emphasis in the book is on the Arabic word in its proper context. The language is introduced along with the alphabet.
Since Qur'anic Arabic script also expresses the great cultures of the Urdu- and Persian-speaking peoples, notes have been provided to explain the Urdu and Persian adaptations of Qur'anic Arabic script.
Introduction to Qur'anic Script illustrates for both the beginner and the connoisseur the basic elements of Islamic calligraphy.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
ENGLISH SYMBOLS FOR ARABIC VOWELS
4
LESSON 1 Consonants Jim Sin Lām and Mim The Vowel Sign Fathah
5
LESSON 2 Bā Khā Ayn and Qāf The Vowel Sign Kasrah
9
LESSON 3 Hā and Nūn The Sukūn Sign
15
LESSON 4 Tā and Kāf The Vowel Sign Dammah
19
LESSON 5 Fā and Thā Doubled Letters
23
LESSON 6 Review
27
LESSON 17 Hā continued Tā Marbūtah
70
LESSON 18 The Signs of Vowel Length The Pronunciation of Allāh
73
LESSON 19 Hamzah continued
78
LESSON 20 Sun and Moon Letters
80
LESSON 21 The silent Alif Wāw and Yā
86
LESSON 22 Review
88
LESSON 23 Assimilation
94
LESSON 24 Nasalization
96

LESSON 7 Shin Sād and Tā
30
LESSON 8 Hā and Yā Diphthong ay
36
LESSON 9 Zā and Ghain
40
LESSON 10 Dād
42
LESSON 11 Nunnation
45
LESSON 12 NonConnectors Alif
48
LESSON 13 Hamzah
53
LESSON 14 Wāw
56
LESSON 15 Dāl and Rā
60
LESSON 16 Dhāl and Zā Hamzah and Alif continued
65
LESSON 25 Quranic spellings The Redundant stroke The Dagger Alif
100
LESSON 26 Punctuation
104
LESSON 27 Muqattaāt or Isolated Letters Hurūfulabjad
111
LESSON 28 Mistakes to be Avoided
115
LESSON 29 The Development of the Naskh
119
LESSON 30 Conclusion
135
EXPLANATORY NOTE
154
APPENDIX Persian and Urdu Script
158
TRANSLITERATION OF PRACTICE TEXT
167
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