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[ARABIC] [Azoo (R.F. Compiled by)] Ar- Rauzatu-z-zakiyah - Selections for the higher standard examination in Arabic, 1st Edition, Original beige printed boards with red cloth spine, 135 x 217mm, light wear to the extremities with some bruises, staining to the FFEPS otherwise the inner leaves fresh and clean. Pp. [1] 232 [1], Calcutta, Baptist Mission Press, 1905.
Dealer Notes
A rare survival, showing the development of languages under the colonial empire In India and the Middle East. It was compiled by Azoo who was the Arabic Instructor to the board of examiners, under the supervision of the Secretary board of examiners at Fort William (Kolkota).

The book is divided into two parts, the first containing fables, anecdotes and narratives, Travels of famous explorers (including Ibn Battuta and Sinbdad the Sailor), and a final section on the travels of Sadiq Pasha to the Great Desert of Africa. Part Two then covers an Extract from Kitāb-ul- Wāsitah, a description of Malta, and from Kashful- Mukhabba, an account of European arts and sciences by Ahmed Faris Effendi, the editor of Al- Jawāib. It concludes with some curious descriptions of Paris and London.

The standard examination of Arabic was a serious matter, affecting officers' roles and promotions in overseas territories. As noted as a written answer to the Commons in 1956 (in reference to officers in Aden), ‘Under the regulations of the territory officers on permanent terms of service whose native language is not Arabic are required to pass an elementary standard examination in Arabic within 18 months of arrival in Aden.

Failure to pass the appropriate examination within the prescribed time normally carries the penalty of deferment of confirmation in appointment for officers serving on probation, or the withholding of increments of salary for other officers.’

Rare. LibraryHub locates a single holding at the University of Oxford. Worldcat locates just a further eight holdings worldwide.
Author Azoo (R.F. Compiled by)
Date 1905
Binding Hardback
Publisher Calcutta, Baptist Mission Press
Condition VG
Pages 232

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