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Modern Standard Arabic 2


Admission requirements

Modern Standard Arabic 1.
This course is only open to students in the BA Midden-Oostenstudies and MA Middle Eastern Studies (tracks Modern Middle East or Islamic Studies).


This is the second of a four-course sequence that aims at helping students learn and use Arabic. This course builds on skills and knowledge gained in MSA 1 to reach an advanced beginner level. This course will take students from repeating individual words and memorized phrases, to the beginnings of creating sentences, and further develops their appreciation of Arab cultural perspectives, practices and products.

Course objectives

In addition to memorized simple words and phrases, students will be able to construct simple sentences. Students will be able to understand and express information about familiar topics like self, family, habits, daily schedules, etc. in a culturally appropriate manner.



Mode of instruction

Attendance and active participation are obligatory for seminars. Students are required to prepare for and attend all sessions. The convenors need to be informed without delay of any classes missed for a good reason (i.e. due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness, family issues, problems with residence permits, the Dutch railways in winter, etc.). In these cases it is up to the discretion of the convener(s) of the course whether or not the missed class will have to be made up with an extra assignment. The maximum of such absences during a semester is two. Being absent without notification and/or more than two times can result in exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.

Course Load

5 EC x 28 hrs = 140 hrs
Lectures (7 X 8) 56
Preparation and homework assignments 82
Assessment 2

Assessment and weighing

To be allowed to sit for the final exam, students must satisfy the following skills requirements throughout the course:

Partial Assessment Weighing
Classroom participation 20%
Quizzes (6) 30%
Homework assignments 30%
Project 20%

Students who achieve at least 60% of the above skills requirements may register for the final exam, which counts for 100% of the course grade.


Students who do not receive a passing mark for the final exam may take a resit exam.

Exam review

If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organized.

Reading list

  • Al-Kitaab Part One, Third Edition Bundle: Book + DVD + Website Access Card, Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi, ISBN: 1626161240.

  • Al-Kitaab Part Two, Third Edition Bundle: Book + DVD + Website Access Card, Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi, ISBN: 1626161232.

  • Additional material as deemed appropriate by instructo, to be made available via BlackBoard.

One of the following:

  • Badawi, E.-S., Carter, M. G., & Gully, A. (2003). Modern written Arabic: a comprehensive grammar. London: Routledge.

  • Ryding, K. C. (2005). A Reference Grammar of Modern Standard Arabic. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.


BA 1 Midden-Oostenstudies and MA Middle Eastern Studies (tracks Modern Middle East or Islamic Studies) students will be registered by the administration.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Dr. H.I.A.A. Ahmed


Students with disabilities

The university is committed to supporting and accommodating students with disabilities as stated in the university protocol (especially pages 3-5). Students should contact Fenestra Disability Centre at least four weeks before the start of their courses to ensure that all necessary academic accomodations can be made in time conform the abovementioned protocol.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to be familiar with Leiden University policies on plagiarism and academic integrity. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If you submit any work with your name affixed to it, it is assumed to be your own work with all sources used properly indicated and documented in the text (with quotations and/or citations).