Talk:Manichaean alphabet

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Siblings of Manichaean script?[edit]

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Manichaean script is a sibling of an early form of Pahlavi script, and like Pahlavi is a development from Imperial Aramaic, the official language and script of the Achaemenid court. Unlike Pahlavi, Manichaean script reveals influences from Sogdian script, which in turn descends from the Syriac branch of Aramaic.

This description is not accurate, and it doesn't match what the Encyclopedia Iranica or any of the other articles say about it. Manichaean script is a form of Syriac script (as stated in all the articles), and was attested hundreds of years before it wound up in Sogdiana. There is an Aramaic incantation bowl from Iraq that has Manichaean script in it (mentioned in Encyclopedia Iranica), and that bowl dates from the beginning times of Manichaeism in Babylon (around 3rd century AD). A person can see just by looking at it, that Manichaean script is a form of Syriac, and has much less in common with the Pahlavi script than it does with Syriac.Jimhoward72 (talk) 22:22, 21 May 2012 (UTC)

The texts are usually written in ink on paper, although a few are on leather. The Middle Persian and Parthian mss. are written in the characteristic "Manichaean" script, which is akin to Syriac Estrangelo, and was evidently the form of writing used in Mani's homeland. The Sogdian mss. are written partly in this script, partly in a script that is known either as "Sogdian", or as "Uigur" (from its adoption by the Uigur Turks); this, like the Pahlavi script, is an adaptation of the Achaemenian chancellery script, deriving from Aramaic. From Mary Boyce, here

The article should say this, and not what it currently says. To paraphrase: Manichaean script is a version of Syriac. There was another script found at Turfan, Sogdian/Uigur, which is not "Manichaean script", and which evolved along with Pahlavi.Jimhoward72 (talk) 18:57, 3 June 2012 (UTC)