The intensive Arabic training at AMI is focused on allowing students to develop the advanced philological skills required to independently understand, analyse, and critically engage with the Arabic of the Qur’an and Muslim scholarship. Accordingly, the course is constructed of modules dealing with language (lugha), grammar (sarf wa nahw), Arabic rhetoric (balagha) and Qura’nic morphology (i’rab al-Qur’an). No prior knowledge of Arabic is assumed beyond the ability to recognize and pronounce the Arabic alphabet. In the first year, students commence with introductory texts designed for non-native speakers. By year three, students are capable of studying the advanced classical works traditionally employed for the teaching of Arabic, such as the Sharh of Ibn Aqil.