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  • Paperback: 1301 pages
  • Publisher: Spoken Language Services; 4th Revised edition edition (Jan. 1 1993)
  • Language: English, Arabic
  • ISBN-10: 0879500034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879500030
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 762 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aboo Imraan on March 27 2003
Format: Paperback
This English-Arabic dictionary is second best to E.W. Lane's Arabic-English Lexicon. For those Muslims who have been studying Arabic for several years then you will benefit from this book only in regards to the Arabic Verb Forms. Hans Wehr did an excellent job of arranging the verb forms but the only offset is that he did so using the Roman letters and not the standard Wazan that the old Arabic Scholars have observed in explaining the different verb forms. I do not recommend the Hans Wehr for study of the classical Arabic or Islamic Studies as it contains modern meanings of words as Arabs use today and not as it was understood in the time of our beloved Prophet(may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). However if you do buy this dictionary buy both the small hardback and the large hardback as they will last longer. The small hardcopy is very hard on the eyes though for you students of knowledge who spend long hours studying. I have found this dictionary helpful when I could not walk around with the Arabic-English Lexicon but it also came in handy when I completed my studies of the 3 Madinah Books commonly used in the Islamic University of Madinah, K.S.A. May Allah make us all to know and understand His Book and the authentic narrations of His Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)in the Arabic Language.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. E. S. Leake on April 28 2004
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First, I must say this is the only Modern Written Arabic (MWA) - English dictionary that the student of Arabic has to have. Others, Al-Mawrid, for example, are useful as supplements, and contain new vocabulary, and there is a more recent German edition (5th edition) of Wehr published by Harrassowitz, but this book has a standard of scholarship unrivalled by any other MWA-English dictionary. Middle Eastern published MWA-English dictionaries like Mawrid, for example, don't give the grammatical information learners of Arabic need, such as broken plurals, verbal vowelling, verbal nouns (masdars), let alone how verbs are used with prepositions, all of which Wehr tells the user.
Words are in root order, so maktaba (desk) <mktbh> and kaatib (writer) <k'tb> both are found under the verb kataba (to write) <ktb>. This really is the easiest way of ordering Arabic dictionaries once you've mastered grammar, though an alphabetic order dictionary is a help when you're starting and occasionally even when you're expert.
This dictionary is NOT a dictionary of Classical Arabic (although Beeston in his anthology of Bassar bin Burd reckoned that Wehr covered the vast majority of the vocabulary of this poet of the 8th Century AD). For Classical Arabic, Lane (perhaps supplemented by Hava's Faraid) is essential. But Lane is useless for modern Arabic. And if you're reading mediaeval Arabic, you will find Wehr fills in some of the gaps in Lane.
This dictionary is NOT a dialect dictionary, though it contains many dialect words that have found their way into the written Arabic of Egypt, Iraq, etc.
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This particular print is a reasonable size... not so small like the pocket sizes that you have difficulty reading, and not so big like the snowball publishing version that it uses up space uselessly.

It is the 4th edition - I believe the latest edition of this dictionary... overall, it is a nice product.

It allows you to search arabic words based on their root letters, which simplifies finding the meaning of a word and other words that are related by the original root. This is a good tool for students of 'Aalim class as well as modern Arabic classes in universities.

As for 'Aalim class students, this will be your first dictionary, before moving on to Arabic-Arabic dictionaries... so do not dwell on this dictionaries weaknesses... sure it has them... once you are able to see its weaknesses, you should probably be looking for a bigger and better dictionary like al-mu'jam al waseet, or al-qamus al-muhit...

bottom line:
This is an amazing dictionary for its scope, and this is probably the best edition and print I have seen so far (March 2013), I highly recommend it
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Anyone half-way serious about the Arabic language is already familiar with the Hans Wehr. For anyone just beginning their study of Arabic, this review is for you.
Before being able to use this dictionary you have to know a few rudiments of the Arabic language: the alphabet, obviously, but more importantly the verb structure. There are 10-12 measures (awzan in Arabic) of most Arabic verbs, from which nearly all nouns are derived. Once you've learned this, you'll never need to look anywhere but the Hans Wehr for any word ever again.
The book is arranged by two or three-letter verb root. Under each verb you'll find the applicable measures and all common noun derivations of each.
As a professional translator, the Hans Wehr is always at my side. It's good to see the 4th edition is finally available in paperback. It's an improvement over the 3rd edition, and the old hardback 4th edition weighs about 15 pounds!
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