Arabic for Life A Textbook for Beginning Arabic: With Online Media Bassam K. Frangieh

Publication date:
27 Sep 2011
Yale University Press
528 pages: 279 x 216mm
121 color illus.
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Arabic for Life takes an intensive, comprehensive approach to beginning Arabic instruction and is specifically tailored to the needs of talented and dedicated students. Unlike the other Arabic textbooks on the market, Arabic for Life is not specifically focused on either grammar or proficiency. Instead, it offers a balanced methodology that combines these goals. Frangieh has created a book that is full of energy and excitement about Arabic language and culture, and it effectively transmits that excitement to students. Arabic for Life offers a dynamic and multidimensional view of the Arab world that incorporates language with Arabic culture and intellectual thought.

Bassam Frangieh is professor of Arabic at Claremont-McKenna College. He previously taught at Georgetown, Yale, and the Foreign Service Institute. He is the author of Anthology of Arabic Literature, Culture, and Thought from Pre-Islamic Times to the Present, published by Yale University Press. 

Arabic for Life must take the prize as the most attractively produced introduction ever to Arabic language and culture. And the way it combines the walls and doors of learning the language at an elementary level with windows into history, literature and other aspects of culture is splendid.”—Dr. Hilary Kilpatrick, Reviews Editor of Middle Eastern Literatures