Supervisor Elham AbolFateh
Editor in Chief Mohamed Wadie

CIBF: How to Become a Grammarian?

Thu 01 Feb 2024 | 02:43 PM
Cairo Book Fair 2024
Cairo Book Fair 2024
Mohamed Mandour

The pavilion of the Muslim Council of Elders at the Cairo International Book Fair hosted its eleventh seminar, titled "How to Become a Grammarian: From Al-Ajrumiyyah to the Book?" by Fawzi Konate, an Al-Azhar graduate and scholar from the Ivory Coast.

During the seminar, Konate emphasized that one is not born a grammarian; knowledge is acquired through learning. He highlighted the significance of studying Arabic grammar, categorizing learners into three levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Each level follows specific educational guidelines, representing the ancient Azharite method as a educational ladder in the field of Arabic grammar.

Konate explained that beginners should start with the study of "Introduction to Al-Ajrumiyyah," particularly with the commentary of Al-Kafrawi, followed by Sheikh Khalid Al-Azhari's explanation and the commentary of Abu al-Naja. After completing "Al-Ajrumiyyah," beginners should proceed to study "Qatr al-Nada" with explanations, especially Ibn Hisham's commentary. Then, they should move on to "Shudhur al-Dhahab" with Sheikh Zakariya Al-Ansari's explanation.

He added that intermediate students transition to the next stage by studying Ibn Malik's "Alfiya," progressing through five commentaries: Ibn al-Nazim's, Abu Hayyan's, Al-Marradi's, Ibn Aqeel's, and Al-Masalik's. Once a student completes these commentaries, they advance to the highest stage, studying Ibn Malik's "Tasheel al-Fawa'id wa Takmil al-Maqsad" with Ibn Malik's own explanation, followed by Abu Hayyan's commentary known for its annotations and completion, Nazir al-Jaish's commentary, Al-Marradi's, and Ibn Aqeel's.

Konate emphasized that one is recognized as a grammarian only after reading and comprehending Sibawayh's book "Al-Kitab" with both its text and commentary, starting with the explanation of "Al-Sirafi," followed by "Al-Rumani" and "Al-Ta'liqa" by Abu Ali Al-Farsi.