Tuesday, October 15, 2013

10. Nabataean abjad


The Nabataean abjad developed from the Aramaic abjad during the 2nd century BC. Stone inscriptions in the Nabataean abjad have been found in Petra, the capital of the Nabataean kingdom (c. 150 BC to 100 AD) and in Damascus and Medina. During the 4th and century AD, the Nabataean abjad evolved into the Arabic alphabet.

Notable features

  • Type of writing system: abjad or consonant alphabet with no vowel indication
  • Direction of writing: right to left in horizontal lines.

Used to write

Nabataean, a Semitic language closely related to Aramaic.
Nabataean alphabet


Free Nabataean fonts


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