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Alfiya (ألفية ابن مالك) is a rhymed book of Arabic grammar written by Ibn Malik in the 13th century. The long title is al-Khulāsa al-alfiyya. At least 43 commentaries have been written on this work, which was one of two major foundations of a beginner's education in Arab societies until the 20th century. In the 20th century, religious educational systems began to be replaced by colonial ones (such as the French schools in Morocco).[1]

Along with the Ajārūmīya, the Alfiya was one of the first books to be memorized by students in religious schools after the Qur'an.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Eickelman, D. F. (1992). Knowledge and Power in Morocco: The Education of a Twentieth-Century Notable. Princeton: Princeton University Press, p. 56

Fleisch, H. Ibn Mālik in The Encyclopaedia of Islam, 2nd Edition. CD-ROM Edition v 1.0. (Leiden: Brill, 1999).

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