In no particular order, here is a list of bilingual readers that we strongly recommend for Arabic language students (of any level) who wish to read short Arabic stories and novels alongside their English translation.

Key features

  • Some books have side by side translations that are on facing pages, (very convenient for  language learners), others  have the translation printed on different pages, which would mean flipping back and forth between them.
  • Some books – but not all – have language commentaries and a handy key to vocabulary

 

Arabic Stories for Language Learners: Traditional Middle-Eastern Tales in Arabic and English (2013)

Arabic Stories for Language Learners: Traditional Middle-Eastern Tales in Arabic and English

Buy Arabic Stories for Language Learners: Traditional Middle-Eastern Tales in Arabic and English Pap/Com Bl by Hezi Brosh, Lufti Mansour (ISBN: 8601300501918) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.

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  • Publication Date:  2013
  • Authors: Hezi Brosh, Lufti Mansour
  • Description: Arabic Stories for Language Learners a language learning experience for beginner to intermediate students. The traditional stories of a country are invaluable at providing insight into understanding the culture, history and language of a people. The sixty-six stories found in Arabic Stories for Language Learners present the vocabulary and grammar used everyday in Arabic-speaking countries. Pulled from a wide variety of sources that have been edited and simplified for learning purposes, these stories are presented in parallel Arabic and English, facilitating language learning in the classroom and via self-study. Each story is followed by a series of questions in Arabic and English to test comprehension and encourage discussion. Arabic Stories for Language Learners brings Arab culture to life in a colorful and immediate way. 

Modern Arabic Short Stories: A Bilingual Reader (2008)

Modern Arabic Short Stories: A Bilingual Reader by Newman, Daniel L., Husni, Ronak (2008) Paperback

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  • Publication Date:  2008
  • Authors: Daniel L. Newman & Ronak Husni
  • Description: This work features twelve stories by contemporary masters from Morocco to Iraq. The twelve stories collected here are by leading authors of the short story form in the Middle East today. In addition to works by writers already well-known in the West such as “Idwar al-Kharrat”, “Fuad al-Takarli” and Nobel Prize-winning “Naguib Mahfouz”, key authors whose fame has hitherto been restricted to the Middle East are also included. This bilingual reader is ideal for students of Arabic as well as lovers of literature who wish to broaden their appreciation of the work of Middle Eastern writers. The collection features stories in both English and Arabic, prefaced by a brief author biography plus notes on context and background. Each story is followed by a glossary and discussion of problematic language points.

 

A Reader of Modern Arabic Short Stories ( 2001)

A Reader of Modern Arabic Short Stories

Saruri was born in Aden. Damlan is the life story of Wijdan. born in Tanzania and moved with his family to Aden. Part fantasy. it tells of his failures in life. and relationship with a divorced woman.

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  • Publication Date: 2001
  • AuthorSabry Hafez & Catherine Cobham 
  • Description: Designed for the English-speaking student, this reader brings together the Arabic texts of eleven of the best modern Arabic short stories. Each is preceded by an introduction in English, containing biographical information about the author and a critical analysis designed to encourage the student to make a literary response to the story, rather than regarding it as an anthropological curiosity or a linguistic conundrum. Notes explain colloquial and idiomatic words and phrases, which may cause difficulty. This anthology — the fruit of several years’ teaching experience — will help to satisfy a growing interest in modern Arabic literature in many parts of the world.

 

Emerging Arab Voices: Nadwa 1 (2011)

Emerging Arab Voices: Nadwa 1

Buy Emerging Arab Voices: Nadwa 1 Bilingual by Peter Clark (ISBN: 9780863564147) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.

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  • Publication Date:  2011
  • Author: Peter Clark (Editor)
  • Description:   This is a well chosen collection of some of the best Arab writers I’ve come across, with a broad spectrum of themes, well chosen and beautifully rendered into English.”—Raja Shehadeh, author of Palestinian Walks In November 2009, the International Prize for Arabic Fiction organized a workshop for eight critically acclaimed writers from Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates. This bilingual volume brings together the pieces produced during this workshop, showcasing the creativity of a younger generation of Arab writers. A range of styles and themes are explored: from Egyptian social realism to a tale from the deserts of Darfur, a grim Tunisian allegory, family drama in Saudi Arabia, and a story about home and exile in Sana’a. 

Kalila wa Dimna: For Students of Arabic (2013)

Kalila wa Dimna: For Students of Arabic

Buy Kalila wa Dimna: For Students of Arabic 1 by Munther Younes (ISBN: 9780415639972) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.

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    • Publication Date:  2013
    • Author:  Munther Younes
    • Description: Specifically designed for students of Arabic, this fully illustrated rendition of the Arabic literary classic enhances students’ reading, listening, speaking and writing skills through the medium of these fun, engaging and culturally relevant tales. The tales are presented in simplified language providing learners of Modern Standard Arabic access to this masterpiece of Arabic prose. In addition to the simplified versions, three tales are presented in Classical Arabic to give learners a feel for the original, while two tales are presented in both Classical and Modern Standard Arabic for comparison. Each tale is fully supported by a range of comprehension, vocabulary-building, and grammar reinforcement activities and exercises. An Arabic introduction outlines the historical context of the original Arabic text and its role in Arabic literature.

Moroccan Short Stories. A Bilingual Reader (2015)

Moroccan Short Stories. A Bilingual Reader (Arabic – English)

Moroccan Short Stories features ten short stories written by leading authors from modern-day Morocco. This bilingual reader is ideal for those who would like to read some contemporary Arabic literature albeit in translation, intermediate to advanced students of Arabic who are looking to improve t…

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  • Publication Date: 2015
  • AuthorAlmanna, Ali; Fitz-Gerald Hall, Michael
  • Description: Moroccan Short Stories features ten short stories written by leading authors from modern-day Morocco. This bilingual reader is ideal for those who would like to read some contemporary Arabic literature albeit in translation, intermediate to advanced students of Arabic who are looking to improve their reading skills and widen their literary vocabulary and native Arabic readers who are keen to improve their English. The collection features stories in both English and Arabic, prefaced by a brief author biography.