The ancient Berber script is probably based on or derived from the
Punic script, with some influence from the South
Arabian and North Arabian scripts. The earliest inscriptions for
which the dates are known were inscribed sometime during the 2nd century
BC, though the ancient Berber script may be six or seven hundred years
older than that. The script was until at least the 3rd century AD, possibly
From the 12th century onwards, Berber languages were written with the
Arabic abjad. There are also some Berber texts
in the Hebrew abjad written by Berber Jews.
A version of the Berber script, known as Neo-Tifinagh
is still used to some extent in Morocco.
Type of writing system: abjad / consonant alphabet
Used to write: Ancient Berber languages
Direction of writing: most inscriptions are written in vertical columns
running from bottom to top starting either on the left or the right. Monumental
inscriptions generally run in horizontal lines from right to left.