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Its scholarship, accuracy and reliability make it one of the most significant contributions to Arabic lexicography. It is hoped that this masterpiece will point the way ot wider use of modern lexicographical principles in the compilation of dictionaries for earlier periods of the Arabic language.
Paperback, 1301 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Spoken Language Services
(first published December 1961)
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Sep 21, 2007 Leftbanker rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who is studying Arabic
A truly amazing piece of scholarship and an invaluable tool for students of the Arabic language. It is a work of beauty and majesty. Yes, I realize that I am talking about a dictionary but it's the damn truth.
I was rather disgusted to find that this dictionary reads from left to right when Arabic is written and read from right to left. If you're serious about making this a good dictionary for a Semitic language that is a right-to-left one, why arrange it that way?
Invaluable, a closest companion for a student of Arabic in Damascus. Would be nice to take it everywhere I went, but its a little bulky in the souks...a small pocket edition would be really handy. Arranged by FusHa root words, its very well organized and easy to use.
Incredibly easy to use, if you are familiar with your verb tables. It contains just about any FusHa root you could possibly need, assuming you're not looking for something so obscure that you need to use the full Hans Wehr. I just wish it had English-Arabic as well . . .
Apr 24, 2007 Molly rated it really liked it
It's a dictionary, so there's not much that can be said about it as a review. [return]The layout is acceptable and considering I'm most likely using it to verify my own knowledge, I can't really call it out on any errors.