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1.2.4 Existing Arabic Dictionaries in the Netherlands

Overview of dictionaries with Arabic that were published in the Netherlands or Belgium before the publication of the Nijmegen dictionaries.

 

Overview

Before 2003 various dictionaries or vocabulary lists were published.

The following table provides an overview of these dictionaries.
For each dictionary the following information is listed:

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item number

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title in Dutch

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title in English

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name of the author(s)

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ISBN

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publisher

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year of publication

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source language

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target language

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target group (intended for native speakers of Dutch or Arabic)

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short description

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example page 1

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example page 2

Dutch Arabic Dictionaries
ID title_Dutch title_English author ISBN publisher year source_lang target_lang target_group typification page1 page2
1 Woordenlijst Sociale Dienstverlening Nederlands-Arabisch Vocabulary List Social Services, Dutch-Arabic Sini, Mohammed & Vrolijk, Arnoud 90 71938 66 2 Vertaalcircuit 1991 Dutch Arabic translators specialized terminology VC2_1.pdf VC2_2.pdf
2 Leerwoordenboek voor buitenlanders, Woordenlijst Arabisch Learner's Dicitionary for Foreighers, Vocabulary List Arabic Leemhuis, Fred 90 01 37344 5 Wolters-Noordhof 1984 Dutch/Arabic Arabic/Dutch Arabs learners dictionary LeemhuisNA1.pdf LeemhuisAN1.pdf
3 Economische Woordenlijst Ned-Ar. Economic Vocabulary List Dutch-Arabic Oriental Room, Hogeschool Maastricht - Oriental Room, Hogeschool Maastricht 1996 Dutch Arabic Dutch students specialized terminology MaastrEco1.pdf MaastrEco2.pdf
4 Juridische Woordenlijst Ned-Ar. Legal Vocabulary List Dutch-Arabic Oriental Room, Hogeschool Maastricht - Oriental Room, Hogeschool Maastricht 1996 Dutch Arabic Dutch students specialized terminology MaastrJur1.pdf MaastrJur2.pdf
5 Woordenlijst Nederlands-Arabisch Vocabulary List Dutch Arabic (prepared by Vertaalcircuit, translation department of the Dutch Centre for Foreigners) Vertaalcircuit - Vertaalcircuit 1985 Dutch Arabic translators specialized terminology VC1_1.pdf VC1_2.pdf
6 Gespecialiseerde Woordenlijsten Nederlands-Arabisch Specialized Vocabulary Lists Dutch-Arabic Khalil, Essam & Borg, Gert - Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen 1981 Dutch Arabic Dutch students vocabulary list for students BorgNA1.pdf BorgNA2.pdf
7 Woordenlijst Nederlands-Arabisch voor het VBO en MAVO Vocabulary List Arabic for Vocational Training and Lower General Secondary Education Ditters, Everhard - Ruiter& Jan Jaap de 90 361 0002 X ?? 1984 Dutch Arabic sec. Education pupils terminology in a selected number of semantic domains DittersNA1.pdf DittersNA2.pdf
8 Basiswoordenboek van het Marokkaans Arabisch Basic Dictionary of Moroccan Arabic Otten, Roel 90 6283 565 1 Coutinho 1983 Dutch/Moroccan Arabic Moroccan Arabic/Dutch Dutch, Moroccans dictionary of Moroccan Arabic dialect OttenAN1.pdf OttenNA1.pdf
9 Al Manhal Arabisch Nederlands woordenboek Al Manhal Arabic-Dutch Dictionary Faroek, Ibrahim 907049622 4 AIMS&ARABESK Publishing 1999 Arabic Dutch Arabs general dictionary Arabic-Ducth ManhalAN1.pdf ManhalAN2.pdf
10 Al Manhal Nederlands Arabisch Basiswoordenboek Al Manhal Basic Dutch-Arabic Dictionary Faroek, Ibrahim 907049632 1 AIMS&ARABESK Publishing 2001 Dutch Arabic Arabs general dictionary Dutch-Arabic ManhalNA1.pdf ManhalNA2.pdf
11 Amiens' Nederlands-Arabisch woordenboek Amiens' Dutch-Arabic Ditcionary Amien, Sharif 90 70971 01 02 Arabisch-Nederlandse Uitgeverij 1988 Dutch Arabic Arabs general dictionary Dutch-Arabic AmienNA1.pdf AmienNA2.pdf
12 Leerwoordenboek Nederlands-Arabisch Learner's Dictionary Dutch-Arabic Mol, Mark van - Berghman & Koen 90 5460 0519 Bulaaq 2001 Dutch Arabic bi-directional learners dictionary MolNA1.pdf MolNA2.pdf
13 Leerwoordenboek Arabisch-Nederlands Learner's Dictionar Arabic-Dutch Mol, Mark van - Berghman& Koen 90 5460 0527 Bulaaq 2001 Arabic Dutch bi-directional learners dictionary MolAN1.pdf MolAN2.pdf
14 Nederlands-Arabisch woordenboek Dutch-Arabic Dictionary Derwish, H.H. - Wetering & Stella van de 90 10 05103 X Elsevier 1984 Dutch Arabic Dutch, Arabs vocabulary list Darweesh1.pdf Darweesh2.pdf
15 Al Manhal Nederlands Arabisch Basis woordenboek Al Manhal Basic Dutch-Arabic Dictionary Faroek, Ibrahim 9070496127 AIMS&ARABESK Publishing 1995 Dutch Arabic Arabs general vocabulary list ManhalNA1.pdf ManhalNA2.pdf
16 Amiens' Groot Woordenboek Arabisch-Nederlands Amiens' Arabic-Dutch Dictionary Amien, Sharif 90 709 71 17 8 Arabisch-Nederlandse uitgeverij 1998 Arabic Dutch Arabs basic dictionary AmienAN1.pdf AmienAN2.pdf
17 Woorden en woordgebruik Sjilhe of Temazigt Words and their Usage in Sjilhe or Temazigt (Berber) Waard, Cristien de - W.D. Meinema B.V. 1980? Dutch Berber (Rif, Morocco) Dutch basic dictionary of Rif Berber (Morocco) WaardBerb1.pdf
 
18 Woordenlijst Marokkaans Arabisch-Nederlands, Nederlands-Marokkaans Arabisch Vocabulary list Moroccan Arabic-Dutch, Dutch-Moroccan Arabic Waard, Cristien de - W.D. Meinema B.V. 1978? Dutch/Moroccan Arabic Moroccan Arabic/Dutch Dutch dictionary of Moroccan Arabic dialect WaardMA1.pdf
 
19 Basiswoordenlijst Arabisch: Nederlands/Arabisch, Arabisch/Nederlands Basic Vocabulary List Arabic: Dutch/Arabic, Arabic-Dutch Moor, Ed de 90-6283-618-6 Coutinho 1984 Dutch/Arabic Arabic/Dutch students basic vocabulary MoorAN.pdf MoorNA.pdf

 

For each dictionary mentioned in the table, scans of one or two pages  have been added in order to give an impression of the content, the presentation etc. The reader should be able to notice that a development has taken place in the course of time (between 1978 and 2003).

 

Remarks
Some remarks about the dictionaries presented in the table above seem justified.
For sake of completeness, I have added three dictionaries which do not contain Modern Standard Arabic but Moroccan Arabic and Berber. The overwhelming majority of Arabs residing in the Netherlands are Moroccans, and at least 60% of them come from the northern part of Morocco known as the Rif-region. Because of their presence there has been a need for dictionaries of Moroccan Arabic and Rif Berber too.

A private person called Ms. Christien de Waard took up the effort of compiling two remarkable little dictionaries of Moroccan Arabic and Rif-Berber. These two books are remarkable because of the effort the author spent on trying to indicate which units in both languages correspond with each other. The system the author devised can best be clarified by looking at the example pages of these two books.

A more solid attempt to compile a dictionary of Moroccan Arabic was made by Roel Otten, who made a very practical dictionary Moroccan Arabic-Dutch and Dutch-Moroccan Arabic (two parts in one volume). As can be seen on the example pages, this dictionary is completely written in tranliteration and Arabic script is only present in the introduction in order to familiarize Moroccan users with the transliteriation system. The compilation of this Moroccan Arabic dictionary has been the first experience of myself as a lexicographer, since I was a student of Arabic with Roel Otten in the years he was preparing this dictionary. I have assisted the author in various stages of the compilation process, which was entirely completed in the pre-computer era.

All other dictionaries mentioned in the table above are dictionaries of Modern Standard Arabic. From the various example pages it will be obvious that many of dictionaries listed are actually just vocabulary lists or word lists, since they contain very few grammatical information or expressions and collocations, or no such information at all (items 9, 11, 14, 15, 16). Other dictionaries are specialized vocabulary lists (items 1, 3, 4, 5,  6).

In my opinion only the learner's dictionaries of Mark van Mol (items 12, 13) can be considered dictionaries in the real sense of the word, and Al-Manhal Dutch-Arabic 2001 (item 10) comes close to such a qualification.

 

Conclusion
Given the limitations of most of the dictionaries mentioned above it seems obvious the comprehensive Nijmegen dictionaries DA en AD will be a welcome addition to the products that were available before the date of publication.

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