Primary Use: Study guide and reference Format: 14 Chapters of flowcharts and tables, all in Arabic Pages: 430 Exercises: No Meant For: Advanced English students and native Arabic speakers
Details This book is the first in a series of two books (see Audlohul Manaahij Volume II).
It should be noted that some places (such as amazon.com) inexplicably list the author's name as being Agus Khoironi even though the transliterated name on the cover of the book is A. Shohib Khaironi.
أوضح المناهج (Audlohul Manaahij) or 'The Clearest of Methods' contains flow charts on Arabic grammar that are written entirely in Arabic. There is a brief set of reading instructions written in English at the beginning of the book, but the rest of it is completely Arabic, including all of its explanations. The bizarre English phrasing in the instructions (as well as its curious transliteration of the title as Audlohul Manaahij) indicates that the main intended audience is perhaps not the English speaking student of Arabic. The fact that this book was written in Cairo and compiled in Indonesia could be further evidence of this.
This book is meant to lay down the fundamentals of Arabic grammar. It begins with the basic idea of 'words' and separates this into 'parts of words' as well as other categories, and 'parts of words'into 'nouns' 'verbs,' and 'particles.' The flow charts gain in complexity from there.
Some tables are also included sporadically throughout the book where appropriate, such as verb charts and lists of broken plurals and their corresponding singular nouns.
The beginning of the book has a table of contents and the back contains a page-by-page breakdown of the chapters indicating the subject of the flow chart of each page.
The book is divided into the following chapters:
الباب الأول: الكلام و المركبات
(Chapter One: Words and Their Components)
الباب الثانى: الاسم
(Chapter Two: The Noun)
الباب الثالث: الفعل
(Chapter Three: The Verb)
الباب الرابع: الأسماء المرفوعات
(Chapter Four: Nouns in the Nominative Case)
الباب الخامس: الأسماء المنصوبات
(Chapter Five: Nouns in the Accusative Case)
الباب السادس: الأسماء المجرورات
(Chapter Six: Nouns in the Genitive Case)
الباب السابع: التوابع
(Chapter Seven: The Appositive)
الباب الثامن: الأسماء التى تعمل عمل فعلها
(Chapter Eight: The Nouns that Work as Verbs)
الباب التاسع: الأساليب
(Chapter Nine: The Styles)
الباب العاشر: اسم العدد
(Chapter Ten: Numbers)
الباب الحادى عشر: العامل و المعمول
(Chapter Eleven: Passive and Active Participles)
الباب الثالث عشر: الحرف
(Chapter Twelve: The Sentence)
الباب الثالث عشر: الحرف
(Chapter Thirteen: Particles)
الباب الرابع عشر: جدول جمع التكسير
(Chapter Fourteen: Table of Broken Plurals)
How to Use It In order to use this book to the fullest extent, one must already know the following:
- the Arabic script
- the Arabic numeral system
- Arabic grammatical terms
- a strong Arabic vocabulary
This is not an easy book for the layperson to use, and the average English speaking student of Arabic might find the title 'The Clearest of Methods' somewhat ironic.
The book reads as Arabic books do, from right to left. Each page has at the top a box in the upper right, which is the subject of the chapter, and a box to the left of it, which is the subject of the flowchart or table on the page.
Like the Arabic script itself, the flowcharts and tables are read from right to left. If a box is square, that indicates the end of that particular concept. If the box is an arrow pointing to the left, this indicates that the concept is expanded upon in the next page. If the box is shaded in gray, this indicates an example illustrating the concept the flowchart leads into that box.
Should one get confused, there is a one-page explanation in English of how to read the book at the beginning. The reader should be warned that the explanation is a little vague and includes such English sentences as 'The gray shaped box contains examples, thus the end of discussions.'
At the end of the book is an index, separated by chapters, with the titles of each page indicating the theme of the flowchart or table on the page indicated. In order to utilize this index to the fullest extent however, one must be familiar with the Arabic grammatical terms the author employed to write the book.
Khaironi, A. Shohib. Audlohul Manaahij: A Complete Guide to Arabic Grammar. Volume I: The Fundamental Theory. Jakarta: WCM Press, 2007.