- Hardcover: 2376 pages
- Publisher: Dar El Ilm Lilmalayin; 5 edition (March 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1894412974
- ISBN-13: 978-1894412971
- Package Dimensions: 9.5 x 7 x 2.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,612,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Al Mawrid (English-Arabic/ Arabic-English dictionary) dictionary) 5th Edition
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I should note, however, that although the English-Arabic portion arranges the pages according to the English alphabet from left to right, the Arabic-English portion arranges the pages according the Arabic alphabet from right to left. Although actual Arabic books run from right to left, I would prefer that both sections run from left to right--as does Wehr's dictionary Arabic-English Dictionary: The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic. I recognize that this may be just a matter of taste on my part--but felt I should mention this point for the benefit of those who feel the same way.
This dictionary makes no mention of the three consonant stem for each word--nor does it mention the category that each very form falls into (corresponding to the Roman numerals I-X in Wehr's book). In my opinion these deficiencies detract from the potential usefulness of this book. Used with Wehr's book, however, the Al Mawrid dictionary would seem to fill the needs of most English-speaking students of Arabic.
Al-Mawrid al-WaseeT is a standard, comprehensive dictionary produced by the Arabic equivalent of the German Duden. This is all the dictionary you need, the one you keep on your shelf for those moments, desperate or otherwise, when you need to find a word. The print is clear in both English and Arabic. One drawback: because this book was intended for Arabs, the English-Arabic section skimps on the Harakat, meaning that the short vowels are not always written out.
Once you have this book you will be ready to start reading and writing real Arabic texts...
"Al Mawrid Al Quarib" is an ultra-abridged version of the authoritative English-Arabic dictionary used in the Arab world. The unabridged version, "Al Mawrid", is the Lebanese equivalent of Webster's Dictionary; and like Webster's, it's revised every few years. The copy I bought from Amazon is the 2004 revision of the pocket edition.
This dictionary focuses on modern Arabic--better for reading newspapers than poems. It even includes some pictures. But the PRINT IS UNBELIEVABLY SMALL--especially the Arabic. I would not recommend this as your main English-Arabic dictionary, but it's light enough to leave in your backpack and small enough to carry in your pocket. The binding is plasticized, Middle-East-Green paper. It's very, very CUTE. :-)
The only qualm I had was that it was damaged when I received it, but the pros EASILY outweigh the cons in this purchase.
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I received it with English-Arabic only. It's way different from the picture shown