ISL460 Introduction to Arabic Reading (8)


This subject is designed for students with no language skills in Arabic or the Qur'an. It presents an introduction to Arabic language and Qur'an reading and is designed to teach students how to articulate the Alphabet letters and the proper Qur'anic recitation rules. It will also cover writing practice of Qur’an verses and Qur’an vocabulary, together with basic speaking in Arabic and basic Qur'an Arabic vocabulary. This subject provides foundations for further study in Classical Arabic. 

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Session 1
OnlineUnited Theological College
Session 3
OnlineUnited Theological College
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ISL460
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sesssionHD/FLCentre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)
ISL160 ISL260 ISL261 ISL461

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to read and proficiently pronounce Arabic letters and words
  • be able to write Arabic words from dictation
  • be able to demonstrate a basic vocabulary of the Arabic language
  • be able to read Qur'anic text with proficient pronunciation
  • be able to distinguish the Arabic letters in their different forms


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Arabic alphabet script and sounds
  • Heavy and light letters
  • Variation of 'alif' and 'T'a'.
  • Writing skills in Arabic
  • Gemination (long vowel , two long vowels and absence of long vowel)
  • Definitive article
  • Brief history of the Arabic language
  • Common words and sentences from the Qur'an
  • Introducing oneself in Arabic
  • Variations of Hamza
  • Demonstrative pronouns
  • Introduction to Arabic language


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.