The Qur’an Intensive consists of Classical Arabic Grammar and Tafsir studies. The following is a detailed breakdown of what the the course will cover:


Classical Arabic Grammar

  • Intro to Classical Arabic
  • Syntax (Nahw)
    • The word in Arabic and its forms with definitions
    • Noun (Ism) and its properties
      • Status
      • Number
      • Gender
      • Type
  • Noun (Ism) fragments (combinations)
    • Associative phrases (Idhafah)
    • Adjectives
    • Prepositional phrases (Harf Jarr)
    • Harf Nasb (“Inna” and its sisters)
    • Pointing words (Ism al-Isharah)
  • Nominal sentences (Jumlah Ismiyyah) and its identifiers
  • Morphology (Sarf)
    • The verb (Fi’l) and its construction
    • 4 fundamental tenses for the verb (Fi’l): past, present, imperative and forbidding
    • Inflection of the present tense verb (Fi’l)
    • Passive vs. active voice (Majhool and Ma’roof)
    • Negation of the verb in all its forms
    • 6 patterns of the basic trilateral verb (Abwab of Thulathi Mujarrad) with conjugations and irregularities
    • 8 patterns of the extra trilateral verb (Abwab of thulathi mazid fih) with conjugations and irregularities
    • Nominal derivatives (Al-Asma al-Mushtaqqah)
    • Sentence Structure
      • Verbal sentence (Jumlah Fi’liyyah)
        • Recognition of the doer (Faa’il)
        • Identifying the object (Maf’ool)
  • Conditional sentences
  • Rhetorical implications of varying sentence structure
  • Application within Qur’an
    • All examples, exercises and application during this portion of the course will be based on passages from the Qur’an that will be covered in the Tafsir part of the course (Surah Maryam and Surah Taha)


Tafsir Studies – A comprehensive study of a select Surah (In the past we have covered Surah’s Maryam, Taha, and al-Anbiya)

  • The purpose of this part of the course is not only to practically apply the insight gained from the Arabic part of the intensive, but also to engage in a deeper study of the book of Allah and learn to reflect upon its beauty and message.
  • These sessions will be in lecture format. Students are expected to take notes
  • The Tafsir sessions will elaborate on the following areas of Qur’anic understanding:
    • Thematic coherence and structure
    • Connectivity between Ayat, passages and Suwar
    • Linguistic word analysis
    • Grammatical nuances
    • Rhetorical observations
    • Historical contextualization
    • Commentary based on Hadith and interpretation of earlier generations
    • Classical Tafsir (scholarly discourse)
    • Personal reflections and lessons for contemporary times



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