A Brief Introduction to the Arabic Alphabet

A Brief Introduction to the Arabic Alphabet

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By (author) John Healey, By (author) Rex Smith

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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

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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