Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, New,
*[-A4] Paperback - 1129 pages,
Edited by J.M. Cowan,
Published July 2011.
Back in Stock August 2018Description
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
''One of the Best and most Popular Of all
the dictionaries of modern written Arabic''
work is compiled on descriptive principles: only words and expressions
that are attested in context are included "It was chiefly based on
combing modern works of Arabic literature for lexical items, rather than
culling them from medieval Arabic dictionaries, which was what Lane had
done in the nineteenth century"
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.
Words are in root order. This really is the best method as all students of Arabic will know. Reviews
The reliability and completeness of the work deserve every praise, as does the practical arrangement of the entries. ---Bibliotheca Orientalis
There can be no doubt that...it is a basic tool for study of modern Arabic. ---Middle East Journal.
Dimensions : 24.8 x 19 x 6cm.