Sarf: Matn al-Izzi Explained

In this study of a classical primer, you will gain a comprehensive map of Arabic morphology that you will refer to for the rest of your life.

Al-Izzi Explained


  • Study the entire text of a famous primer on Arabic morphology
  • Deepen your understanding of nouns and verbs
  • Reach a higher level of understanding when reading
  • Learn how to construct patterns and identify root letters
  • Gain exposure to the language and terminology of classical texts
  • Course is suitable for students who have mastered basic Arabic morphology such as the ten forms

About the Course

The study of Sarf, or morphology is the study of the structure of words, enabling you to identify root letters and patterns. It goes hand-in-hand with the study of grammar—without it, you can’t recognize the state and thus the meaning of many words.

In this study of a classical primer, you will gain a comprehensive map of Arabic morphology that you will refer to for the rest of your life. Al-Izzi Explained builds on the foundation you gained in Level 2 Arabic courses, and gives you a more detailed look at nouns and verbs. This will allow you to reach a higher level of understanding when reading classical texts—90-100% of the complete meaning, as opposed to the 60-70% understanding that students have after Level 2.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction: Importance of Sarf and the Interplay of Nahw, Sarf, and Balagha
  • Classical Sarf Organization of Verbs and Its Terminology
  • Concept of Ta’addi and the Grammatical Effect of a Verb
  • Verb Patterns of the Past and Present Command
  • Noun Patterns of the Active Participle (ism fa’il), Passive Participle (ism maf’ul), and Verbal Noun; Fa’il and Fa’ul Patterns; Nouns of Place and Time
  • Addition of Ta’ to Root Letters
  • Nun of Emphasis
  • Doubled Letter Roots in Three-Root-Letter and Four-Root-Letter Verbs
  • Weak Letters in the Root
  • Hamza in the Root

Course Format

The course consists of weekly Live Sessions, pre-recorded audio lessons, handouts, assignments, quizzes, and Mid-Term and Final Examinations. The teachers shall hold weekly office hours where students can consult with them one-on-one. Students are highly encouraged to post their questions in the Forum over the course of the week, which are answered during the Live Sessions.

You are required to have a working headset and microphone.

Weekly Time Commitment

The course shall require an estimated 2-5 hours per week outside Live Sessions to listen to the pre-recorded audio material, review the information, and take notes.

Suggested Readings

The required text for the class shall be provided to students as part of the course material:

Imdad-us-Sarf by Shaykh Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada

Recommended Background    

ARB 212 is a required prerequisite. If you have not taken this course, you will be required to complete the written assessment after registering.

300-level Arabic courses can be taken in any order and are not interdependent.


Who should take this course?

This course is part of the 300-Level courses. By the time you reach this stage, you should be thoroughly familiar with the most important rules of Arabic and are now ready for Arabic courses that are based completely around reading a classical text and using it to help you gain a deeper understanding of the Arabic language.

What shall I know coming out of the course?

By the end of this course, you will have read a classical text in Sarf and understand it word for word. You will be able to identify root letters of verbs and nouns and be able to construct words using various patterns from given roots, allowing you to apply the rules of morphology to understanding texts. Specific examples will be taken from the Quran and Hadith. In addition, you will be given exposure to the language used in classical texts and terminology used in Tafsir and grammar books.

How shall I benefit from this course?

This course takes you from 60% understanding of Arabic morphology to 98%. After taking this course you will be able understand virtually all the morphology in the Quran. You will also be exposed to some tricky grammar and rhetorical points that Arabic morphology is responsible for.

Extensive examples are used from the Quran to show the mind-boggling power of its morphology to give students the spoon-results that they have been pining for.

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About the Instructor

Farid Dingle


Course Code



Level: 3

Starting From

2 August, 2015


10 weeks

Tuition Fee

375 USD   Instant Financial Aid