What is the difference between Fossha and Modern Standard Arabic?


Im getting a bit confused because what I think Im studying is classical Arabic (fossha) but some people refer to it as Modern Standard Arabic and then some say its different. Please can someone clarify

Category: asked July 21, 2011

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salams all

I found this on a website link I was surfing this website.

Classical Arabic is the official form, which is structured on precise grammar, word derivation, and exact meanings.

Classical Arabic can be divided into three categories:

  • The Ultimate Classical Arabic: The text of the Qur'an.
  • Old / Islamic Writing: Classical Arabic of Islamic Supplementary Material, Islamic Philosophy, Theology, Jurisprudence, etc. 
    Most students of Islamic Culture and Civilization must be familiar with this form.
  • Modern Arabic: Standardized form of Classical Arabic used in all countries of the Arab world. It is used in printed material, media, and in all official delivery (speeches, radio, television). Our Arabic course is focused on this form of Arabic, which is not extremely different from the other two.

And Allah Knows best

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