11 Facts About Arabic alphabet


Arabic alphabet is considered an abjad, meaning it only uses consonants, but it is considered an "impure abjad".

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Arabic alphabet is always cursive and letters vary in shape depending on their position within a word.

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In written Arabic alphabet nunation is indicated by doubling the vowel diacritic at the end of the word.

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Users of Arabic alphabet usually write long vowels but omit short ones, so readers must utilize their knowledge of the language in order to supply the missing vowels.

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Arabic alphabet can be traced back to the Nabataean alphabet used to write Nabataean.

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The first known text in the Arabic alphabet is a late 4th-century inscription from in Jordan, but the first dated one is a trilingual inscription at Zebed in Syria from 512.

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Medieval Arabic alphabet blockprinting flourished from the 10th century until the 14th.

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The Greek Orthodox monk Abd Allah Zakhir set up an Arabic alphabet printing press using movable type at the monastery of Saint John at the town of Dhour El Shuwayr in Mount Lebanon, the first homemade press in Lebanon using Arabic alphabet script.

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Arabic alphabet personally cut the type molds and did the founding of the typeface.

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Thus, each Arabic alphabet keyboard has both Arabic alphabet and Roman characters marked on the keys.

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Finally, the Unicode encoding of Arabic alphabet is in logical order, that is, the characters are entered, and stored in computer memory, in the order that they are written and pronounced without worrying about the direction in which they will be displayed on paper or on the screen.

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