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AN

ARABIC GRAMMAR.

Cambridge:

PRINTED BY C. J. CLAY, M.A.

AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS.

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W. J. BEAMONT, M.A.
FELLOW OF TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE, AND INCUMBENT OF ST MICHAEL'S
CAMBRIDGE, SOMETIME PRINCIPAL OF THE ENGLISH

COLLEGE, JERUSALEM.

CAMBRIDGE:
DEIGHTON, BELL, AND CO.

LONDON: BELL AND DALDY.

1861.

PREFACE.

THE Grammar now offered to the Public is the result of a conviction long entertained, that we pay in England far too little attention to the Arabic language. The importance of that language to the study of Hebrew, the living to the dead, can scarcely be overrated, for almost, if not quite, every Hebrew root has its place in Arabic Lexicons. The language of the Koran is also the sacred tongue of Mohammedanism throughout the world, and is the native speech of a very large proportion of the empire which Christian powers have saved from annihilation. To attempt the conversion of the Moslem subjects of Turkey to the Christian faith, is, as it appears to me, an imperative duty: but, in order to do this, we must be able to hold familiar intercourse with them. The absence of a

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