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Arabic alphabet

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The Arabic alphabet (Arabic: الْأَبْجَدِيَّة الْعَرَبِيَّة, al-abjadīyah al-ʿarabīyah [al.ʔab.d͡ʒa.dijːa‿l.ʕa.ra.bijːa] or الْحُرُوف الْعَرَبِيَّة, al-ḥurūf l-ʿarabīyah), or Arabic abjad, is the Arabic script as specifically codified for writing the Arabic language. It is written from right-to-left in a cursive style, and includes 28 letters, of which most have contextual letterforms. The Arabic alphabet is considered an abjad, with only consonants required to be written; due to its optional use of diacritics to notate vowels, it is considered an impure abjad.[2]

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Arabic alphabet
Script type
Time period
4th century CE – present[1]
Directionright-to-left script Edit this on Wikidata
Related scripts
Parent systems
ISO 15924
ISO 15924Arab (160), Arabic
Unicode alias
 This article contains phonetic transcriptions in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). For an introductory guide on IPA symbols, see Help:IPA. For the distinction between [ ], / / and  , see IPA § Brackets and transcription delimiters.
Countries that use the Arabic or Perso-Arabic script:
  as the sole official script
  as a co-official script

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