A Brief Introduction to the Arabic Alphabet

A Brief Introduction to the Arabic Alphabet

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

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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.


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

Product Details

  • publication date: 03/03/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780863564314
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 128
  • ID: 9780863564314
  • weight: 145
  • ISBN10: 0863564313

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