Central Sudanic Arabic Scripts (Part 2): Barnāwī

Central Sudanic Arabic Scripts (Part 2): Barnāwī This article describes and analyzes barnāwī, the Arabic script of Borno (northeastern Nigeria) and most ancient prototype of what we define as the Central Sudanic family of scripts. Barnāwī shows paleographic features that clearly set it apart from some other West African Arabic scripts, thereby confirming the inadequacy of the label sūdānī, which often surfaces in literature to collectively brand a variety of scripts used in different regions of West Africa. A paleographic analysis of barnāwī also suggests that its origins predate the development of the maghribī script in North Africa in the twelfth century. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Islamic Africa (continuation of Sudanic Africa) Brill

Central Sudanic Arabic Scripts (Part 2): Barnāwī

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Brill
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© Copyright 2013 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0803-0685
eISSN
2154-0993
D.O.I.
10.5192/215409930402195
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Abstract

This article describes and analyzes barnāwī, the Arabic script of Borno (northeastern Nigeria) and most ancient prototype of what we define as the Central Sudanic family of scripts. Barnāwī shows paleographic features that clearly set it apart from some other West African Arabic scripts, thereby confirming the inadequacy of the label sūdānī, which often surfaces in literature to collectively brand a variety of scripts used in different regions of West Africa. A paleographic analysis of barnāwī also suggests that its origins predate the development of the maghribī script in North Africa in the twelfth century.

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Islamic Africa (continuation of Sudanic Africa)Brill

Published: Jun 3, 2013

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