This thesis aims at studying and evaluating, within a comprehensive framework, the attempts made in Egypt in the last hundred years to reform Arabic grammar. The attempts made before

this period have been only touched on, being a part of the back­ ground of the recent ones. This study is composed of a preface pointing out why this subject was chosen, its scope and the gap it is hoped to fill; an introduction dealing with the meaning of "grammar" and the developments of grammatical study of Arabic in the previous centuries; four chapters which dealt respectively with the following topics: The difficulties of Arabic grammar, the reforming attempts before the present period, the recent attempts to reform grammar textbooks and the recent attempts to reform Arabic grammar itself. The study ends with a conclusion pointing out the achievements reached by the recent attempts of reform as well as the areas still in need of more efforts.


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Thesis 1974/284