ISL567 Applied Arabic 2: Syntax (8)

This subject involves the critical reading of classical texts on syntax. Students will gain an advanced understanding and appreciation of the classical discourse on syntax along with its application in the Qur'an, Prophetic traditions and other works of literature. This subject also involves the composition of a structured commentary on a selected text.


Session 1 (30)
United Theological College
Session 3 (90)
United Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ISL567. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the classical discourse on syntax;
  • be able to critically evaluate passages from classical texts using supplementary texts and syntactical tools;
  • be able to compose a structured commentary on the syntax of a selected text; and
  • be able to demonstrate advanced level comprehension of technical prose.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Meaning of hamd and basmala
  • Governor of words
  • Governed words
  • Derivatives of isms
  • Grammatical signs and states
  • Phrases and sentences
  • Different intermediaries in grammatical governance
  • Overview of classical syntax

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ISL567 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Participation and engagement
10 %
Discussion board contributions
25 %
Take home exam
30 %
35 %


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: November 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.