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Archive for August, 2009

Nazik Al-Malaika Posted by on Aug 29, 2009

Nazik Al-Mala’ika (نازك الملائكة‎) is a famous female writer, poet and critic from Iraq. Nazik was born in Baghdad in 1922 to a literary family. Both her parents wrote poetry. Her father (صادق الملائكة) was a famous Iraqi poet and writer who edited a 20 volume encyclopedia. Her mother (سلمى عبد الرزاق) wrote poetry under…

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How to Make Comparisons in Arabic Posted by on Aug 26, 2009

Comparison is between two in terms of a certain quality usually expressed by an adjective, e.g. taller than. When we compare between 2 people or things in Arabic, we typically use the form (أفعل) followed by the preposition (من), e.g. “taller than“ is (أطول من) محمد أكبر من أحمد ولكن أحمد أطول منه. “Mohammed is…

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Ramadan Habits Posted by on Aug 23, 2009

Today is the second of Ramadan in the Hijri year 1430. Nabeel kindly commented on my previous post and gave a more accurate definition for fasting as “Fasting means willing abstention from eating, drinking and satisfaction of certain demands of the flesh, from predawn to sunset.”  In fact, this alerted me that I mentioned briefly…

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Ramadan Posted by on Aug 18, 2009

Muslims around the world, including me, are waiting for the month of Ramadan (رمضان) now. It is the month of fasting and worship, and it is a very spiritual time for all Muslims. Fasting (الصوم) involves not eating or drinking anything from dawn to sunset. This may seem hard, but it is not that difficult…

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The Difference Between Arabic Verb Forms II and V Posted by on Aug 16, 2009

In this post, I explain the difference between 2 verb forms: form II (فعَّلَ) and form V (تفعَّلَ). Form II is always transitive, i.e. it must take an object at all times, so the sentence in which a form II verb is used must have a subject and an object, e.g. كسّر الولد الزجاج. “The…

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