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A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (Arabic-English) Paperback – May 4 2007
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This edition of the Dictionary, published eighteen years after its first appearance is an enlarged and improved version of it original corpus. During the past two decades, the Dictionary has achieved widespread acceptance and use. In the interim, modern written Arabic has continued to exhibit vigorous lexical growth. Therefore, feeling the need to fill in many gaps and update the corpus, the author again undertook systematic collection of material. In addition to many neologisms of recent origin, the author has incorporated much older material attested in present-day contexts, which had not yet appeared in the Dictionary, as well as numerous improvements and corrections. The result is this revised 4th edition has nearly 200 new pages.
All new entries have been derived from primary sources, i.e. from running contexts. The source texts, predominately from the last ten years, cover a broad spectrum of content, style and origin, thereby providing a representative cross section of modern usage encountered in various fields such as technology, economics, sports, medicine, the oil industry and the natural sciences, as well as creative literature. Particular use was made of texts from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia which were drawn from newspapers, periodicals, textbooks, official and private documents and belles-lettres; some use was also made of the press of the northwest African countries. The number of new entries, including lemmata as well as compounds, idiomatic phrases and new definitions of head words, runs to approximately 13,000. Moreover, in about 3,000 instances, smaller additions (new transcriptions, plural forms, prepositional government of verbs, cross-references, etc.) have been inserted, errors corrected, obsolete entries eliminated. Some lemmata have been completely reworked.
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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.Read more ›
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...
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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The large print advertising is MISLEADING. While the book is bigger than the pocket size, the letters are NOT bigger. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ayesha
I had to buy this book twice, the second time I bought the normal sized version (which is about 6" x 9"). Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2004 by Steps Ahead Fan
This is the Arabic-English dictionary that every student of the Arabic language should invest in. It is exceptionally useful for even the beginning student, though it is necessary... Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2004 by A
Probably the best available arabic english dictionary to date. I highly recommend it to both new learners of Arabic and to scholars too.Published on April 1 2003 by Llys
The is the definitive Arabic-English dictionary. It is essential for any serious study or translation of Arabic into English. Well printed and constructed. Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2002 by Deirdre Robespierre
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2002 by Robin F.
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