The collection of Arabic papyrus, parchment, and paper at the J. Willard Marriott Library is the largest in the U.S. It contains several parchment pieces, 770 Arabic papyrus documents, and over 1,300 Arabic paper documents. The collection was compiled by Professor Atiya and his wife who purchased the collection over several years, largely from dealers in Egypt, Beirut, and London. Most of the collection originated in Egypt and the vast majority of the material is from 700 AD to the start of Ottoman rule. The collection is not yet cataloged.
This web page contains an extensive list of Arabic proverbs. Each proverb is given an translation in the English language to make it easily understood by the learner; for some of the phrases, there is a further explanation of what is meant by the proverb, i.e. A needle in a haystack = something that is very difficult to find.
This web site contains many short stories and texts in Arabic. Hundreds of writers from more than twenty different countries are currently participating in this project. To access the stories, the user chooses an author and then a text from among the titles that the author has provided for the site.
This is a collection of children's stories that are linked to on the Books To Learn Arabic blog and are available for free download. There are 36 different books available that move up from grade 1 to grade 4, progressing in difficulty as the grade levels move up. A pictoral dictionary accompanies each page and teaches the meanings of some words in this way. When downloaded, the files come with an audio component so that the books can be read to you when the words are clicked on.
This online dictionary, entirely in Arabic, gives Arabic synonyms and antonyms of words entered into the dictionary, helping to expand the vocabulary of anyone using it. It also gives rhyming words for those interested in writing poetry or for any other reason one might need a rhyming word. The broken plurals of words are also displayed.
Saaid Al Fawaed or 'Grasp the Benefits' is an Islamic library that contains many books related to the explanation of the Holy Qur'an, the Prophet Muhammad, and more. A special section has been created on this website for the Arabic language. Here, the user can find grammar books, how-to-read books, dictionaries, and more. The site and its contents are entirely in Arabic.
This is a collection of stories of Joha, a character renowned the world and he appears in tales and folklore from India to Turkey, scanned and available for download. Each available download is fully color-illustrated and fully voweled. Stories average 16 pages in length.
Mumkin offers practice materials for learners who are at a beginning, intermediate, and advanced level. Materials are grouped by difficulty level, and consists of videos in Arabic daily life followed by comprehension questions in the form of multiple choice or fill in the blank questions. Users also have the ability to read an Arabic transcription of each video. The site also provides a series of songs in Arabic that depict some aspect of contemporary Arab life along with the lyrics to the songs.
The Summary of Arabic Language Grammar is a book that discusses all the rules governing the Arabic Language. The book contains 60 chapters; each one of them explains a particular grammatical concept. For each topic, several examples are given to clarify it. The book is entirely in Arabic and is made available via the Syrian Story website.
This dictionary of medical terminology was assembled by the World Health Organization in order to "to meet the urgent need in Arab countries for unified medical terms." The current edition of the dictionary contains over 150,000 terms in English and Arabic. Users can search the dictionary on this site.
Wictionary is a free dictionary that gives definitions in 170 different languages. The dictionary only gives definitions within the language, not from language to language. Intended as a lexical companion to the encyclopedia project Wikipedia, Wictionary includes etymologies, pronunciations, quotations, synonyms, and antonyms where appropriate. Users can add definitions by creating an account. Certain words for Arabic also include masdars. An audio component is included for certain languages, Arabic not among them.