Abjad(abugida or true alphabet in some adaptations)
|400 CE to the present|
|Inspired the N'Ko alphabet and the Hanifi script|
|ISO 15924||Arab, 160 , Arabic|
The Arabic script is a writing system used for writing Arabic and several other languages of Asia and Africa, such as Persian (Farsi/Dari), Uyghur, Kurdish, Punjabi, Sindhi, Balti, Balochi, Pashto, Lurish, Urdu, Kashmiri, Rohingya, Somali and Mandinka, among others. Until the 16th century, it was also used to write some texts in Spanish. Additionally, prior to the language reform in 1928, it was the writing system of Turkish. It is the second-most widely used writing system in the world by the number of countries using it and the third by the number of users, after the Latin and Chinese scripts.
The Arabic script is written from right to left in a cursive style, in which most of the letters are written in slightly different forms according to whether they stand alone or are joined to a following or preceding letter. The basic letter form remains unchanged. In most cases, the letters transcribe consonants or consonants and a few vowels, so most Arabic alphabets are abjads. It does not have capital letters.
The script was first used to write texts in Arabic, most notably the Quran, the holy book of Islam. With the religion's spread, it came to be used as the primary script for many language families, leading to the addition of new letters and other symbols, with some versions, such as Kurdish, Uyghur and old Bosnian being abugidas or true alphabets. It is also the basis for the tradition of Arabic calligraphy.
|Worldwide use of the Arabic script|
|Countries where the Arabic script:|
|→||is the only official script|
|→||is the only official script, but other scripts are recognized for national or regional languages|
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The Arabic alphabet is a derivative of the Nabataean alphabet or (less widely believed) directly from the Syriac alphabet which are both derived from the Aramaic alphabet, which descended from the Phoenician alphabet. The Phoenician alphabet gave rise to among others the Arabic alphabet, Hebrew alphabet and the Greek alphabet (and therefore the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets).
In the 6th and 5th centuries BCE, northern Arab tribes emigrated and founded a kingdom centred around Petra, Jordan. These people (now named Nabataeans from the name of one of the tribes, Nabatu) spoke Nabataean Arabic, a dialect of the Arabic language. In the 2nd or 1st centuries BCE, the first known records of the Nabataean alphabet were written in the Aramaic language (which was the language of communication and trade), but included some Arabic language features: the Nabataeans did not write the language which they spoke. They wrote in a form of the Aramaic alphabet, which continued to evolve; it separated into two forms: one intended for inscriptions (known as "monumental Nabataean") and the other, more cursive and hurriedly written and with joined letters, for writing on papyrus. This cursive form influenced the monumental form more and more and gradually changed into the Arabic alphabet.
|‘ajn’||ẓā’ / ḍhā’||ṭā’||ḍād’|
|(see below for other alphabets)|
The Arabic script has been adapted for use in a wide variety of languages besides Arabic, including Persian, Malay and Urdu, which are not Semitic. Such adaptations may feature altered or new characters to represent phonemes that do not appear in Arabic phonology. For example, the Arabic language lacks a voiceless bilabial plosive (the [p] sound), therefore many languages add their own letter to represent [p] in the script, though the specific letter used varies from language to language. These modifications tend to fall into groups: Indian and Turkic languages written in the Arabic script tend to use the Persian modified letters, whereas the languages of Indonesia tend to imitate those of Jawi. The modified version of the Arabic script originally devised for use with Persian is known as the Perso-Arabic script by scholars.
In the cases of Bosnian, Kurdish, Kashmiri and Uyghur writing systems, vowels are mandatory. The Arabic script can therefore be used in both abugida and abjad forms, although it is often strongly, if erroneously, connected to the latter due to it being originally used only for Arabic.
Use of the Arabic script in West African languages, especially in the Sahel, developed with the spread of Islam. To a certain degree the style and usage tends to follow those of the Maghreb (for instance the position of the dots in the letters fāʼ and qāf). Additional diacritics have come into use to facilitate the writing of sounds not represented in the Arabic language. The term ʻAjamī, which comes from the Arabic root for "foreign," has been applied to Arabic-based orthographies of African languages.
Table of writing styles
|Script or style||Alphabet(s)||Language(s)||Region||Derived from||Comment|
|Every region where Arabic scripts are used||Sometimes refers to a very specific calligraphic style, but sometimes used to refer more broadly to almost every font that is not Kufic or Nastaliq.|
|Southern and Western Asia||Taliq||Used for almost all modern Urdu text, but only occasionally used for Persian. (The term "Nastaliq" is sometimes used by Urdu speakers to refer to all Perso-Arabic scripts.)|
|Taliq||Persian||Persian||A predecessor of Nastaliq.|
|Kufic||Arabic||Arabic||Middle East and parts of North Africa|
|Rasm||Restricted Arabic alphabet||Arabic||Mainly historical||Omits all diacritics including i'jam. Digital replication usually requires some special characters. See: ٮ ڡ ٯ (links to Wiktionary).|
Table of alphabets
|Script or Style||Languages||Region||Derived from:
(or related to)
|Arabic||28||^(see above)||Naskh, Kufi, Rasm, & others||Arabic||North Africa, West Asia||Aramaic,
|Ajami script||33||Hausa, Yoruba, Swahili||West Africa||Arabic||Abjad|
|Aljamiado||28||Old Spanish, Mozarabic, Ladino, Aragonese, Old Galician-Portuguese||Southwest Europe||Arabic||8th-13th centuries for Mozarabic, 14th-16th centuries for the other languages|
|Arebica||30||Bosnian||Southeastern Europe||Perso-Arabic||Latest stage with full vowel marking|
|Arwi alphabet||41||Tamil||Southern India, Sri Lanka||Perso-Arabic|
|Belarusian Arabic alphabet||32||Belarusian||Eastern Europe||Perso-Arabic||15th / 16th century|
|Berber Arabic alphabet(s)||Various Berber languages||North Africa||Arabic|
|Burushaski||53||ݳ ݴ څ ݼ ڎ ݽ ڞ ݣ ݸ ݹ ݶ ݷ ݺ ݻ
|Burushaski||South-West Asia (Pakistan)||Urdu||Also uses the additional letters shown for Urdu.(see below) Sometimes written with just the Urdu alphabet, or with the Latin alphabet.|
|Chagatai alphabet(s)||32||Chagatai||Central Asia||Perso-Arabic|
|Galal||32||Somali||Horn of Africa||Arabic|
|Jawi||36||ݘ ڠ ڤ ݢ ڽ ۏ||Malay||Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and part of Borneo||Perso-Arabic||Since 1303 AD (Trengganu Stone)|
|Kashmiri||44||أ ٲ إٳ وٗۆۄےٚؠ||Nastaliq||Kashmiri||South Asia||Perso-Arabic|
|Kazakh Arabic alphabet||35||Kazakh||Central Asia, China||Perso-Arabic
|Since 11th century, now official only in China|
|Kyrgyz Arabic alphabet||33||Kyrgyz||Central Asia||Perso-Arabic||Now official only in China|
|Kuryan alphabet||44||Korean||East Asia, South Korea||Perso-Arabic||Invented by Korean Muslim in the 2000s|
|Pashto||45||پ ټ ځ ݘ څ ډ ړ ژ ږ ښ ګ ڼ ۀ ې ی ۍ ئ||Pashto||South-West Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan||Perso-Arabic|
|Pegon script||35||Javanese, Sundanese||South-East Asia (Indonesia)||Perso-Arabic|
|Persian||32||پ ݘ ژ گ||Nastaliq or Naskh||Persian (Farsi)||West Asia (Iran etc. )||Arabic|
|Saraiki||45||Saraiki||South-West Asia (Pakistan)||Perso-Arabic|
|ࣇ ݨ||Usually Nastaliq||Punjabi||South-West Asia (Pakistan)||Perso-Arabic||Similar to Urdu; 58 letters including digraphs for aspirated consonants.|
|Sindhi||64|| ڪ ڳ ڱ گ ک
پ ڀ ٻ ٽ ٿ ٺ
ڻ ڦ ڇ چ ڄ ڃ
ھ ڙ ڌ ڏ ڎ ڍ ڊ
|Naskh-like||Sindhi||South-West Asia (Pakistan)||Perso-Arabic|
|Soranî||33||Central Kurdish||Middle-East||Perso-Arabic||Vowels are mandatory, i.e. abugida|
|İske imlâ||35||Tatar||Chagatai / Perso-Arabic||Before 1920|
|Ottoman Turkish||32||Ottoman Turkish||Ottoman Empire||Perso-Arabic||Official until 1928|
| پ ژ ݘ
ٹ ڈ ڑ ں ہ ھ ے
|Nastaliq||Urdu||South Asia||Perso-Arabic|| 58 letters including digraphs representing aspirated consonants. |
بھ پھ تھ ٹھ جھ چھ دھ ڈھ کھ گھ
|Uyghur||32||ئا ئە پ ݘ ژ گ ڭ ئو ئۇ ئۆ ئۈ ۋ ئې ئى||Uyghur||China, Central Asia||Perso-Arabic
|Vowels are mandatory, i.e. abugida|
|Xiao'erjing||36||Sinitic languages||China, Central Asia||Perso-Arabic|
|1920–1927 replaced with Cyrillic|
Today Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and China are the main non-Arabic speaking states using the Arabic alphabet to write one or more official national languages, including Azerbaijani, Baluchi, Brahui, Persian, Pashto, Central Kurdish, Urdu, Sindhi, Kashmiri, Punjabi and Uyghur.
An Arabic alphabet is currently used for the following languages:
Middle East and Central Asia
- Garshuni (or Karshuni) originated in the 7th century, when Arabic became the dominant spoken language in the Fertile Crescent, but Arabic script was not yet fully developed or widely read, and so the Syriac alphabet was used. There is evidence that writing Arabic in this other set of letters (known as Garshuni) influenced the style of modern Arabic script. After this initial period, Garshuni writing has continued to the present day among some Syriac Christian communities in the Arabic-speaking regions of the Levant and Mesopotamia.
- Kazakh in Kazakhstan, China, Iran and Afghanistan
- Kurdish in Northern Iraq and Northwest Iran. (In Turkey and Syria the Latin script is used for Kurdish)
- Kyrgyz by its 150,000 speakers in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwestern China, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan
- Turkmen in Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Iran
- Uzbek in Uzbekistan and Afghanistan
- Official Persian in Iran and its dialects, like Dari in Afghanistan and Tajiki in Tajikistan
- Baluchi in Iran, in Pakistan's Balochistan region, Afghanistan and Oman An academy for the protection of the Baluchi Language was established in Iran in 2009
- Southwestern Iranian languages as Lori dialects and Bakhtiari language
- Pashto in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Tajikistan
- Uyghur changed to Latin script in 1969 and back to a simplified, fully voweled Arabic script in 1983
- Judeo-Arabic languages
- Azerbaijani language in Iran
- Talysh language in Iran
- The Chinese language is written by some Hui in the Arabic-derived Xiao'erjing alphabet (see also Sini (script))
- The Turkic Salar language is written by some Salar in the Arabic alphabet
- Uyghur alphabet
- Balochi in Pakistan and Iran
- Dari in Afghanistan
- Kashmiri in India and Pakistan (also written in Sharada and Devanagari although Kashmiri is more commonly written in Perso-Arabic Script)
- Pashto in Afghanistan and Pakistan
- Khowar in Northern Pakistan, also uses the Latin script
- Punjabi (Shahmukhi) in Pakistan, also written in the Brahmic script known as Gurmukhi in India
- Saraiki, written with a modified Arabic script - that has 45 letters
- Sindhi, a British commissioner in Sindh on August 29, 1857, ordered to change Arabic script[vague], also written in Devanagari in India
- Aer language
- Bhadrawahi language
- Ladakhi (India), although it is more commonly written using the Tibetan script
- Balti (a Sino-Tibetan language), also rarely written in the Tibetan script
- Brahui language in Pakistan and Afghanistan
- Burushaski or Burusho language, a language isolated to Pakistan
- Urdu in Pakistan (and historically several other Hindustani languages). Urdu is one of several official languages in the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Telangana.
- Dogri, spoken by about five million people in India and Pakistan, chiefly in the Jammu region of Jammu and Kashmir and in Himachal Pradesh, but also in northern Punjab, although Dogri is more commonly written in Devanagari
- Arwi language (a mixture of Arabic and Tamil) uses the Arabic script together with the addition of 13 letters. It is mainly used in Sri Lanka and the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu for religious purposes. Arwi language is the language of Tamil Muslims
- Arabi Malayalam is Malayalam written in the Arabic script. The script has particular letters to represent the peculiar sounds of Malayalam. This script is mainly used in madrasas of the South Indian state of Kerala and of Lakshadweep.
- Rohingya language (Ruáingga) is a language spoken by the Rohingya people of Rakhine State, formerly known as Arakan (Rakhine), Burma (Myanmar). It is similar to Chittagonian language in neighboring Bangladesh and sometimes written using the Roman script, or an Arabic-derived script known as Hanifi
- Malay in the Arabic script known as Jawi. In some cases it can be seen in the signboards of shops and market stalls. Particularly in Brunei, Jawi is used in terms of writing or reading for Islamic religious educational programs in primary school, secondary school, college, or even higher educational institutes such as universities. In addition, some television programming uses Jawi, such as announcements, advertisements, news, social programs or Islamic programs
- co-official in Brunei
- Malaysia but co-official in Kelantan and Kedah, Islamic states in Malaysia
- Indonesia, Jawi script is co-used with Latin in provinces of Aceh, Riau, Riau Islands and Jambi. The Javanese, Madurese and Sundanese also use another Arabic variant, the Pegon in Islamic writings and pesantren community.
- Southern Thailand
- Predominantly Muslim areas of the Philippines (especially Tausug language)
- Ida'an language (also Idahan) a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken by the Ida'an people of Sabah, Malaysia
- Cham language in Cambodia besides Western Cham script.
- North Africa
- Maghrebi Arabic uses a modified Arabic script, with additional letters, in order to support /g/ (ڨ/ڭ), /v/ (ڥ) and /p/ (پ) along with the older /f/ (ڢ) and /q/ (ڧ)
- Berber languages have often been written in an adaptation of the Arabic alphabet. The use of the Arabic alphabet, as well as the competing Latin and Tifinagh scripts, has political connotations
- Tuareg language, (sometimes called Tamasheq) which is also a Berber language
- Coptic language of Egyptian Coptics as Coptic text written in Arabic letters
- Northeast Africa
- Bedawi or Beja, mainly in northeastern Sudan
- Wadaad writing, used in Somalia
- Nubian languages
- Dongolawi language or Andaandi language of Nubia, in the Nile Vale of northern Sudan
- Nobiin language, the largest Nubian language (previously known by the geographic terms Mahas and Fadicca/Fiadicca) is not yet standardized, being written variously in both Latinized and Arabic scripts; also, there have been recent efforts to revive the Old Nubian alphabet.
- Fur language of Darfur, Sudan
- Southeast Africa
- West Africa
- Zarma language of the Songhay family. It is the language of the southwestern lobe of the West African nation of Niger, and it is the second leading language of Niger, after Hausa, which is spoken in south central Niger
- Tadaksahak is a Songhay language spoken by the pastoralist Idaksahak of the Ménaka area of Mali
- Hausa language uses an adaptation of the Arabic script known as Ajami, for many purposes, especially religious, but including newspapers, mass mobilization posters and public information
- Dyula language is a Mandé language spoken in Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire and Mali.
- Jola-Fonyi language of the Casamance region of Senegal
- Balanta language a Bak language of west Africa spoken by the Balanta people and Balanta-Ganja dialect in Senegal
- Mandinka, widely but unofficially (known as Ajami), (another non-Latin script used is the N'Ko script)
- Fula, especially the Pular of Guinea (known as Ajami)
- Wolof (at zaouia schools), known as Wolofal.
- Arabic script outside Africa
- In writings of African American slaves
- Writings of by Omar Ibn Said (1770–1864) of Senegal
- The Bilali Document also known as Bilali Muhammad Document is a handwritten, Arabic manuscript on West African Islamic law. It was written by Bilali Mohammet in the 19th century. The document is currently housed in the library at the University of Georgia
- Letter written by Ayuba Suleiman Diallo (1701–1773)
- Arabic Text From 1768
- Letter written by Abdulrahman Ibrahim Ibn Sori (1762–1829)
- In writings of African American slaves
In the 20th century, the Arabic script was generally replaced by the Latin alphabet in the Balkans,[dubious ] parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia, while in the Soviet Union, after a brief period of Latinisation, use of Cyrillic was mandated. Turkey changed to the Latin alphabet in 1928 as part of an internal Westernizing revolution. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, many of the Turkic languages of the ex-USSR attempted to follow Turkey's lead and convert to a Turkish-style Latin alphabet. However, renewed use of the Arabic alphabet has occurred to a limited extent in Tajikistan, whose language's close resemblance to Persian allows direct use of publications from Afghanistan and Iran.
- Afrikaans (as it was first written among the "Cape Malays", see Arabic Afrikaans)
- Berber in North Africa, particularly Shilha in Morocco (still being considered, along with Tifinagh and Latin, for Central Atlas Tamazight)
- French by the Arabs and Berbers in Algeria and other parts of North Africa during the French colonial period
- Harari, by the Harari people of the Harari Region in Ethiopia. Now uses the Geʻez and Latin alphabets
- For the West African languages—Hausa, Fula, Mandinka, Wolof and some more—the Latin alphabet has officially replaced Arabic transcriptions for use in literacy and education
- Kinyarwanda in Rwanda
- Kirundi in Burundi
- Malagasy in Madagascar (script known as Sorabe)
- Shona in Zimbabwe
- Somali (see wadaad Arabic) has mostly used the Latin alphabet since 1972
- Songhay in West Africa, particularly in Timbuktu
- Swahili (has used the Latin alphabet since the 19th century)
- Yoruba in West Africa (this was probably limited, but still notable)
- Albanian called Elifbaja shqip
- Aljamiado (Mozarabic, Berber, Aragonese, Portuguese, Ladino, and Spanish, during and residually after the Muslim rule in the Iberian peninsula)
- Belarusian (among ethnic Tatars; see Belarusian Arabic alphabet)
- Bosnian (only for literary purposes; currently written in the Latin alphabet; Text example: مۉلٖىمۉ سه تهبٖى بۉژه = Molimo se tebi, Bože (We pray to you, O God); see Arebica)
- Crimean Tatar
- Greek in certain areas in Greece and Anatolia. In particular, Cappadocian Greek written in Perso-Arabic
- Polish (among ethnic Lipka Tatars)
Central Asia and Caucasus
- Adyghe language also known as West Circassian, is an official languages of the Republic of Adygea in the Russian Federation. It used Arabic alphabet before 1927
- Avar as well as other languages of Daghestan: Nogai, Kumyk, Lezgian, Lak and Dargwa
- Azeri in Azerbaijan (now written in the Latin alphabet and Cyrillic script in Azerbaijan)
- Bashkir (officially for some years from the October Revolution of 1917 until 1928, changed to Latin, now uses the Cyrillic script)
- Chaghatay across Central Asia
- Chechen (sporadically from the adoption of Islam; officially from 1917 until 1928)
- Circassian and some other members of the Abkhaz–Adyghe family in the western Caucasus and sporadically – in the countries of Middle East, like Syria
- Karachay-Balkar in the central Caucasus
- Kazakh in Kazakhstan (until the 1930s, changed to Latin, currently using Cyrillic, phasing in Latin)
- Kyrgyz in Kyrgyzstan (until the 1930s, changed to Latin, now uses the Cyrillic script)
- Mandarin Chinese and Dungan, among the Hui people (script known as Xiao'erjing)
- Ottoman Turkish
- Tat in South-Eastern Caucasus
- Tatar before 1928 (changed to Latin Yañalif), reformed in the 1880s (İske imlâ), 1918 (Yaña imlâ – with the omission of some letters)
- Turkmen in Turkmenistan (changed to Latin in 1929, then to the Cyrillic script, then back to Latin in 1991)
- Uzbek in Uzbekistan (changed to Latin, then to the Cyrillic script, then back to Latin in 1991)
- Some Northeast Caucasian languages of the Muslim peoples of the USSR between 1918 and 1928 (many also earlier), including Chechen, Lak, etc. After 1928, their script became Latin, then later[when?] Cyrillic
South and Southeast Asia
- Acehnese in Sumatra, Indonesia
- Banjarese in Kalimantan, Indonesia
- Bengali in Bengal, Arabic scripts have been used historically in places like Chittagong and West Bengal among other places. See Dobhashi for further information.
- Maguindanaon in the Philippines
- Malay in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Although Malay speakers in Brunei and Southern Thailand still use the script on a daily basis
- Minangkabau in Sumatra, Indonesia
- Pegon script of Javanese, Madurese and Sundanese in Indonesia, used only in Islamic schools and institutions
- Tausug in the Philippines
- Maranao in the Philippines
- Hebrew was written in Arabic letters in a number of places in the past
- Northern Kurdish in Turkey and Syria was written in Arabic script until 1932, when a modified Kurdish Latin alphabet was introduced by Jaladat Ali Badirkhan in Syria
- Turkish in the Ottoman Empire was written in Arabic script until Mustafa Kemal Atatürk declared the change to Latin script in 1928. This form of Turkish is now known as Ottoman Turkish and is held by many to be a different language, due to its much higher percentage of Persian and Arabic loanwords (Ottoman Turkish alphabet)
As of Unicode 14.0, the following ranges encode Arabic characters:
- Arabic (0600–06FF)
- Arabic Supplement (0750–077F)
- Arabic Extended-A (08A0–08FF)
- Arabic Extended-B (0870–089F)
- Arabic Presentation Forms-A (FB50–FDFF)
- Arabic Presentation Forms-B (FE70–FEFF)
- Arabic Mathematical Alphabetic Symbols (1EE00–1EEFF)
- Rumi Numeral Symbols (10E60–10E7F)
- Indic Siyaq Numbers (1EC70–1ECBF)
- Ottoman Siyaq Numbers (1ED00–1ED4F)
Additional letters used in other languages
|Language family||Austron.||Dravid||Turkic||Indic (Indo-European)||Iranian (Indo-European)||Arabic (Semitic)||Germanic|
|/p/||ڤ||ڣ||پ||پ / ب||پ|
|/g/||ݢ||ࢴ||گ||ګ||ڭ / گ||ڨ / ڧـ ـڧـ ـٯ / ق||ق||ج||چ / ج||ك / ج||گ / ك||ق / گ||گ|
|/v/||ۏ||ف||و||ۋ||و||∅||ڤ||∅||ڥ / ڢ / ف||ڤ / ف||ڤ|
|/ʒ/||∅||ژ||∅||ژ||ج||∅||چ / ج||ج||∅||ژ|
|Letter or Digraph [A]||Use & Pronunciation||Unicode||i'jam & other additions||Shape||Similar Arabic Letter(s)|
|پ||پـ ـپـ ـپ ||Pe, used to represent the phoneme /p/ in Persian, Pashto, Punjabi, Khowar, Sindhi, Urdu, Kurdish, Kashmiri; it is not used in most Arabic varieties (except Mesopotamian and Gulf) and it is normalized as /b/; e.g., pepsi > bibsi.||U+067E||﮹ ||none||3 dots||ٮ ||ب|
|ݐ||ݐـ ـݐـ ـݐ ||used to represent the equivalent of the Latin letter Ƴ (palatalized glottal stop /ʔʲ/) in some African languages such as Fulfulde.||U+0750||﮳﮳﮳ ||none||3 dots
|ٻ||ٻـ ـٻـ ـٻ ||B̤ē, used to represent a voiced bilabial implosive /ɓ/ in Hausa, Sindhi and Saraiki.||U+067B||﮾ ||none||2 dots
|ڀ||ڀـ ـڀـ ـڀ ||represents an aspirated voiced bilabial plosive /bʱ/ in Sindhi.||U+0680||﮻ ||none||4 dots||ٮ ||ب|
|ٺ||ٺـ ـٺـ ـٺ ||Ṭhē, represents the aspirated voiceless retroflex plosive /ʈʰ/ in Sindhi.||U+067A||﮽ ||2 dots
|ټ||ټـ ـټـ ـټ ||Ṭē, used to represent the phoneme /ʈ/ in Pashto.||U+067C||﮿ ||﮴ ||2 dots||ring||ٮ ||ت|
|ٽ||ٽـ ـٽـ ـٽ ||Ṭe, used to represent the phoneme (a voiceless retroflex plosive /ʈ/) in Sindhi||U+067D||﮸ ||3 dots
|ﭦ||ٹـ ـٹـ ـٹ ||Ṭe, used to represent Ṭ (a voiceless retroflex plosive /ʈ/) in Punjabi, Kashmiri, Urdu.||U+0679||◌ؕ ||small
|ٿ ||ٿـ ـٿـ ـٿ ||Teheh, used in Sindhi and Rajasthani (when written in Sindhi alphabet); used to represent the phoneme /t͡ɕʰ/ (pinyin q) in Chinese Xiao'erjing.||U+067F||﮺ ||4 dots||none||ٮ ||ت|
|ڄ||ڄـ ـڄـ ـڄ ||represents the "ц" voiceless dental affricate /t͡s/ phoneme in Bosnian.||U+0684||﮾ ||none||2 dots
|ڃ||ڃـ ـڃـ ـڃ ||represents the "ћ" voiceless alveolo-palatal affricate /t͡ɕ/ phoneme in Bosnian.||U+0683||﮵ ||none||2 dots||ح ||ح ج|
|چ||چـ ـچـ ـچ ||Che, used to represent /t͡ʃ/ ("ch"). It is used in Persian, Pashto, Punjabi, Urdu, Kashmiri and Kurdish. /ʒ/ in Egypt.||U+0686||﮹ ||none||3 dots||ح ||ج|
|څ||څـ ـڅـ ـڅ ||Ce, used to represent the phoneme /t͡s/ in Pashto.||U+0685||﮶ ||3 dots||none||ح ||ج خ ح|
|ݗ||ݗـ ـݗـ ـݗ ||represents the "ђ" voiced alveolo-palatal affricate /d͡ʑ/ phoneme in Bosnian.||U+0757||﮴ ||2 dots||none||ح ||ح|
|ځ||ځـ ـځـ ـځ ||Źim, used to represent the phoneme /d͡z/ in Pashto.||U+0681||◌ٔ ||Hamza||none||ح ||ج خ ح|
|ݙ||ݙ ـݙ ||used in Saraiki to represent a Voiced alveolar implosive /ɗ̢/.||U+0759||﯀ ||﮾ ||small
|ڊ||ڊ ـڊ ||used in Saraiki to represent a voiced retroflex implosive /ᶑ/.||U+068A||﮳ ||none||1 dot||د ||د|
|ڈ||ڈ ـڈ ||Ḍal, used to represent a Ḍ (a voiced retroflex plosive /ɖ/) in Punjabi, Kashmiri and Urdu.||U+0688||◌ؕ ||small ط ||none||د ||د|
|ڌ||ڌ ـڌ ||Dhal, used to represent the phoneme /d̪ʱ/ in Sindhi||U+068C||﮴ ||2 dots||none||د ||د|
|ډ||ډ ـډ ||Ḍal, used to represent the phoneme /ɖ/ in Pashto.||U+0689||﮿ ||none||ring||د ||د|
|ڑ||ڑ ـڑ ||Ṛe, represents a retroflex flap /ɽ/ in Punjabi and Urdu.||U+0691||◌ؕ ||small ط ||none||ر ||ر|
|ړ||ړ ـړ ||Ṛe, used to represent a retroflex lateral flap in Pashto.||U+0693||﮿ ||none||ring||ر ||_|
|ݫ||ݫ ـݫ ||used in Ormuri to represent a voiced alveolo-palatal fricative /ʑ/, as well as in Torwali.||U+076B||﮽ ||2 dots
|ژ||ژ ـژ ||Že / zhe, used to represent the voiced postalveolar fricative /ʒ/ in, Persian, Pashto, Kurdish, Urdu, Punjabi and Uyghur.||U+0698||﮶ ||3 dots||none||ر ||ز|
|ږ||ږ ـږ ||Ǵe / ẓ̌e, used to represent the phoneme /ʐ/ /ɡ/ /ʝ/ in Pashto.||U+0696||﮲ ||﮳ ||1 dot||1 dot||ر ||ز|
|ڕ||ڕ ـڕ ||used in Kurdish to represent rr /r/ in Soranî dialect.||U+0695||ٚ ||none||V pointing down||ر ||ر|
|ݭ||ݭـ ـݭـ ـݭ ||used in Kalami to represent a voiceless retroflex fricative /ʂ/, and in Ormuri to represent a voiceless alveolo-palatal fricative /ɕ/.||U+076D||﮽ ||2 dots vertically||none||س ||س|
|ݜ||ݜـ ـݜـ ـݜ ||used in Shina to represent a voiceless retroflex fricative /ʂ/.||U+075C||﮺ ||4 dots||none||س ||ش س|
|ښ||ښـ ـښـ ـښ ||X̌īn / ṣ̌īn, used to represent the phoneme /x/ /ʂ/ /ç/ in Pashto.||U+069A||﮲ ||﮳ ||1 dot||1 dot||س ||ش س|
|ڜ||ڜـ ـڜـ ـڜ ||used to represent Spanish words with /t͡ʃ/ in Morocco.||U+069C||﮶ ||﮹ ||3 dots||3 dots||س ||ش س|
|ڨ||ڨـ ـڨـ ـڨ ||Ga, used to represent the voiced velar plosive /ɡ/ in Algerian and Tunisian.||U+06A8||﮶ ||3 dots||none||ٯ ||ق|
|گ||گـ ـگـ ـگ ||Gaf, represents a voiced velar plosive /ɡ/ in Persian, Pashto, Punjabi, Kyrgyz, Kazakh, Kurdish, Uyghur, Mesopotamian, Urdu and Ottoman Turkish.||U+06AF||line||horizontal line||none||گ ||ك|
|ګ||ګـ ـګـ ـګ ||Gaf, used to represent the phoneme /ɡ/ in Pashto.||U+06AB||﮿ ||ring||none||ک ||ك|
|ݢ||ݢـ ـݢـ ـݢ ||Gaf, represents a voiced velar plosive /ɡ/ in the Jawi script of Malay.||U+0762||﮲ ||1 dot||none||ک ||ك|
|ڬ||ڬـ ـڬـ ـڬ ||U+06AC||﮲ ||1 dot||none||ك ||ك|
|ࢴ||ࢴـ ـࢴـ ـࢴ ||Gaf, represents a voiced velar plosive /ɡ/ in the Pegon script of Indonesian.||U+08B4||﮳ ||none||1 dot||ك ||ك|
|ڭ||ڭـ ـڭـ ـڭ ||Ng, used to represent the /ŋ/ phone in Ottoman Turkish, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, and Uyghur, and to represent the /ɡ/ in Morocco and in many dialects of Algerian.||U+06AD||﮶ ||3 dots||none||ك ||ك|
|أي ||أيـ ـأيـ ـأي ||Ee, used to represent the phoneme /eː/ in Somali.||U+0623 U+064A||◌ٔ ||﮵ ||Hamza||2 dots||اى ||أ + ي|
|ئ||ئـ ـئـ ـئ ||E, used to represent the phoneme /e/ in Somali.||U+0626||◌ٔ ||Hamza||none||ى ||ي ی|
|ىٓ ||ىٓـ ـىٓـ ـىٓ ||Ii, used to represent the phoneme /iː/ in Somali and Saraiki.||U+0649 U+0653||◌ٓ ||Madda||none||ى ||ي|
|ؤ ||ؤ ـؤ ||O, used to represent the phoneme /o/ in Somali.||U+0624||◌ٔ ||Hamza||none||و ||ؤ|
|ۅ||ۅ ـۅ ||Ö, used to represent the phoneme /ø/ in Kyrgyz.||U+0624||◌̵ ||Strikethrough[D]||none||و ||و|
|ې||ېـ ـېـ ـې ||Pasta Ye, used to represent the phoneme /e/ in Pashto and Uyghur.||U+06D0||﮾ ||none||2 dots vertical||ى ||ي|
|ی||یـ ـیـ ـی ||Nārīna Ye, used to represent the phoneme [ɑj] and phoneme /j/ in Pashto.||U+06CC||﮵ || 2 dots
(start + mid)
|X̌əźīna ye Ye, used to represent the phoneme [əi] in Pashto.||U+06CD||line||horizontal
|ئ||ئـ ـئـ ـئ ||Fāiliya Ye, used to represent the phoneme [əi] and /j/ in Pashto, Punjabi, Saraiki and Urdu||U+0626||◌ٔ ||Hamza||none||ى ||ي ى|
|أو ||أو ـأو ||Oo, used to represent the phoneme /oː/ in Somali.||U+0623 U+0648||◌ٔ ||Hamza||none||او ||أ + و|
|ﻭٓ ||ﻭٓ ـﻭٓ ||Uu, used to represent the phoneme /uː/ in Somali.||ﻭ + ◌ٓ U+0648 U+0653||◌ٓ ||Madda||none||و ||ﻭ + ◌ٓ|
|ڳ||ڳـ ـڳـ ـڳ ||represents a voiced velar implosive /ɠ/ in Sindhi and Saraiki||U+06B1||﮾ ||horizontal
|2 dots||گ ||ك|
|ڱ||ڱـ ـڱـ ـڱ ||represents the Velar nasal /ŋ/ phoneme in Sindhi.||U+06B1||﮴ ||2 dots + horizontal
|ک||کـ ـکـ ـک ||Khē, represents /kʰ/ in Sindhi.||U+06A9||none||none||none||ک ||ك|
|ڪ||ڪـ ـڪـ ـڪ ||"Swash kāf" is a stylistic variant of ك in Arabic, but represents un- aspirated /k/ in Sindhi.||U+06AA||none||none||none||ڪ ||ك or ڪ|
|ݣ||ݣـ ـݣـ ـݣ ||used to represent the phoneme /ŋ/ (pinyin ng) in Chinese.||U+0763||﮹ ||none||3 dots||ک ||ك|
|ڼ||ڼـ ـڼـ ـڼ ||represents the retroflex nasal /ɳ/ phoneme in Pashto.||U+06BC||ں ||﮿ ||﮲ ||1 dot||ring||ن|
|ڻ||ڻـ ـڻـ ـڻ ||represents the retroflex nasal /ɳ/ phoneme in Sindhi.||U+06BB||◌ؕ ||small ط ||none||ں ||ن|
|ݨ||ݨـ ـݨـ ـݨ ||used in Punjabi to represent /ɳ/ and Saraiki to represent /ɲ/.||U+0768||﮲ ||﯀ ||1 dot + small ط ||none||ں ||ن|
|ڽ||ڽـ ـڽـ ـڽ ||Nya /ɲ/ in the Jawi script.||U+06BD||﮶ ||3 dots||none||ں ||ن|
|ۑ||ۑـ ـۑـ ـۑ ||Nya /ɲ/ in the Pegon script.||U+06D1||﮹ ||none||3 dots||ى ||_|
|ڠ||ڠـ ـڠـ ـڠ ||Nga /ŋ/ in the Jawi script and Pegon script.||U+06A0||﮶ ||3 dots||none||ع ||غ|
|ݪ||ݪـ ـݪـ ـݪ ||used in Marwari to represent a retroflex lateral flap /ɺ̢/, and in Kalami to represent a voiceless lateral fricative /ɬ/.||U+076A||line||horizontal
|ࣇ||ࣇ ࣇ ࣇ||ࣇ - or alternately typeset as لؕ - is used in Punjabi to represent voiced retroflex lateral approximant /ɭ/||U+08C7||◌ؕ ||small ط ||none||ل ||ل|
|لؕ ||لؕـ ـلؕـ ـلؕ ||U+0644 U+0615|
|ڥ||ڥـ ـڥـ ـڥ ||Vi, used in Algerian and Tunisian when written in Arabic script to represent the sound /v/.||U+06A5||﮹ ||none||3 dots||ڡ ||ف|
|ڤ||ڤـ ـڤـ ـڤ ||Ve, used in by some Arabic speakers to represent the phoneme /v/ in loanwords, and in the Kurdish language and Afrikaans language when written in Arabic script to represent the sound /v/. Also used as pa /p/ in the Jawi script and Pegon script.||U+06A4||﮶ ||3 dots||none||ڡ ||ف|
|ۏ||ۏ ـۏ ||Va in the Jawi script.||U+06CF||﮲ ||1 dot||none||و ||و|
|ۋ||ۋ ـۋ ||represents a voiced labiodental fricative /v/ in Kyrgyz, Uyghur, and Old Tatar; and /w, ʊw, ʉw/ in Kazakh; also formerly used in Nogai.||U+06CB||﮶ ||3 dots||none||و ||و|
|ۆ||ۆ ـۆ ||represents "O" /o/ in Kurdish, and in Uyghur it represents the sound similar to the French eu and œu /ø/ sound. It represents the "у" close back rounded vowel /u/ phoneme in Bosnian.||U+06C6||◌ٚ ||V pointing down||none||و ||و|
|ۇ||ۇ ـۇ ||U, used to represents the Close back rounded vowel /u/ phoneme in Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgyz and Uyghur.||U+06C7||◌ُ ||Damma[E]||none||و ||و|
|ێ||ێـ ـێـ ـێ ||represents Ê or É /e/ in Kurdish.||U+06CE||◌ٚ ||V pointing down|| 2 dots
(start + mid)
| ھـ ـھـ ـھ
|Do-chashmi he (two-eyed hāʼ), used in digraphs for aspiration /ʰ/ and breathy voice /ʱ/ in Punjabi and Urdu. Also used to represent /h/ in Kazakh, Sorani and Uyghur.[F]||U+06BE||none||none||none||ھ ||ه|
|ە||ە ـە ||Ae, used represent /æ/ and /ɛ/ in Kazakh, Sorani and Uyghur.||U+06D5||none||none||none||ھ ||إ|
|Baṛī ye ('big yāʼ'), is a stylistic variant of ي in Arabic, but represents "ai" or "e" /ɛː/, /eː/ in Urdu and Punjabi.||U+06D2||none||none||none||ے ||ي|
|ڞ||ڞـ ـڞـ ـڞ ||used to represent the phoneme /tsʰ/ (pinyin c) in Chinese.||U+069E||﮶ ||3 dots||none||ص ||ص ض|
|ط ||طـ ـطـ ـط ||used to represent the phoneme /t͡s/ (pinyin z) in Chinese.||U+0637||ط ||ط|
|ۉ||ۉ ـۉ ||represents the "o" open-mid back rounded vowel /ɔ/ phoneme in Bosnian.||U+06C9||◌ٛ ||V pointing up||none||و ||و|
|ݩ||ݩـ ـݩـ ـݩ ||represents the "њ" palatal nasal /ɲ/ phoneme in Bosnian.||U+0769||﮲ ||◌ٚ ||1 dot
V pointing down
|ڵ||ڵـ ـڵـ ـڵ ||used in Kurdish to represent ll /ɫ/ in Soranî dialect.||U+06B5||◌ٚ ||V pointing down||none||ل ||ل|
|ڵ||ڵـ ـڵـ ـڵ ||represents the "љ" palatal lateral approximant /ʎ/ phoneme in Bosnian.||U+06B5||◌ٚ ||V pointing down||none||ل ||ل|
|اٖى ||اٖىـ ـاٖىـ ـاٖى ||represents the "и" close front unrounded vowel /i/ phoneme in Bosnian.||U+0627 U+0656 U+0649||◌ٖ ||Alef||none||اى ||اٖ + ى|
- From right: start, middle, end, and isolated forms.
- Joined to the letter, closest to the letter, on the first letter, or above.
- Further away from the letter, or on the second letter, or below.
- A variant that end up with loop also exists.
- Although the letter also known as Waw with Damma, some publications and fonts features filled Damma that looks similar to comma.
- Shown in Naskh (top) and Nastaliq (bottom) styles. The Nastaliq version of the connected forms are connected to each other, because the tatweel character U+0640 used to show the other forms does not work in many Nastaliq fonts.
Most languages that use alphabets based on the Arabic alphabet use the same base shapes. Most additional letters in languages that use alphabets based on the Arabic alphabet are built by adding (or removing) diacritics to existing Arabic letters. Some stylistic variants in Arabic have distinct meanings in other languages. For example, variant forms of kāf ك ک ڪ are used in some languages and sometimes have specific usages. In Urdu and some neighbouring languages the letter Hā has diverged into two forms ھ dō-čašmī hē and ہ ہـ ـہـ ـہ gōl hē. while a variant form of ي yā referred to as baṛī yē ے is used at the end of some words.
Table of Letter Components
- Arabic (Unicode block)
- Eastern Arabic numerals (digit shapes commonly used with Arabic script)
- History of the Arabic alphabet
- Transliteration of Arabic
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Arabic writing.|
- Unicode collation charts—including Arabic letters, sorted by shape
- Why the right side of your brain doesn't like Arabic
- Arabic fonts by SIL's Non-Roman Script Initiative
- Alexis Neme and Sébastien Paumier (2019), "Restoring Arabic vowels through omission-tolerant dictionary lookup", Lang Resources & Evaluation, Vol. 53, pp. 1–65. arXiv:1905.04051; doi:10.1007/s10579-019-09464-6