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- Publisher: SAQI BOOKS
- Format: Paperback | 128 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 10mm | 141g
- Publication date: 1 April 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0863564313
- ISBN 13: 9780863564314
- Sales rank: 33,355
The Arabic alphabet has a fascinating history, one that is entwined with the development of culture and society in the Middle East. The authors trace the origins of the Arabic alphabet back to Aramaic, a descendant of Phoenecian, which itself gave rise to the Hebrew and Greek alphabets. The third title in the series that offers a primer for both general readers and students alike, "A Brief Introduction to the Arabic Alphabet" is illustrated and contains glossaries, indices, and suggestions for further reading.
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John Healey is a professor of Semitic studies at the University of Manchester. Rex Smith is an Arabist, historian, and scholar of the medieval history of Yemen.
Table of contents
Introduction I The Alphabet before Islam II The Origin of the Arabic AlphabetIII The Earliest Arabic Scripts -- Pre- and Early Islamic Inscriptions IV The Arabic PapyriV The Classical Arabic Scripts -- Kufic and naskh*VI The Arabic Scripts beyond the Arabic Heartlands -- North Africa, Iran and Turkey VII Arabic Writing Today AcknowledgementsList of IllustrationsBibliographyFurther Reading