Arabic Script - Languages Written With The Arabic Script - Languages Currently Written With The Arabic Alphabet - Middle East and Central Asia

Middle East and Central Asia

Calligraphy
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Georgian
  • Indian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Kufic
  • Nepalese
  • Persian
  • Sini
  • Tibetan
  • Western
  • Mongolian
See also: Perso-Arabic alphabet
  • Garshuni (or Karshuni) originated in the 7th century, when Arabic was becoming the dominant spoken language in the Fertile Crescent, but Arabic script was not yet fully developed and widely read. There is evidence that writing Arabic in 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 Pakistan, Iran, China, 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;
  • Turkmen in Afghanistan and Iran;
  • Official Persian and related regional languages
  • Baluchi in Iran. An Academy for Baluchi Language Protection academy was established in 2009
  • Southwestern Iranian languages as Lori dialects and Bakhtiari Language
  • Official Dari (which differs to a degree from Persian) and Pashto and all regional languages including Uzbek in Afghanistan;
  • Tajik also differs only to a minor degree from Persian, and while in Tajikistan the usual Tajik alphabet is an extended Cyrillic script, there is also some use of Arabic-script Persian books from Iran; in the southwestern region of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwest China Arabic script is the official one (like for Uyghur in the rest of Xinjiang);
  • Uyghur changed to Latin script in 1969 and back to a simplified, fully voweled, Arabic script in 1983.
  • Judeo-Arabic languages
    • Judeo-Tunisian Arabic
    • Karaim language
  • Azerbaijani language in Iran

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