Mellanöstern och Nordafrika Tidningen
Published On: mån, apr 1st, 2019

One-Stop Searching of Arabic Dictionaries

In a previous post I listed a number of Arabic dictionaries available online. For anyone interested in searching a broad array of dictionaries, both classical and modern, there is now one source for 51 different sources. This is the website http://lisaan.net/. In addition to the major lexicons of al-Fayrūzābādī’s al-Qāmūs al-muḥīṭ, Ibn Manẓūr’s Lisān al-‘Arab and al-Zabīdī’s Tāj al-‘arūs, there are many more available, not to mention Ibn Sīda’s thesaurus and  Yāqūt’s geographical lexicon. Both Lane’s Lexicon and Dozy’s Supplément are there. You can search all of these sources at once or just in an individual work.

To say that this is an incredible resource for anyone who works with Arabic, is an understatement. 

About the Author

- Anthropologist and historian with 40 years of experience researching and working in Yemen. Varisco is currently the President of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies, Senior Fellow at the Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg of Bonn University, and an expert advisor to MENA Tidningen.