Sharjastani (الخط الشارجستاني)
The Sharjastani script was conceived in 2008 by UC Berkeley student,
Sharja Khan, as an alternative script for writing Arabic and can be
adapted to any language that uses the Arabic alphabet. The concept
of writing vertically originated primarily out of convenience, as he
found it more practical for taking class notes in the vertical margins
of textbooks and printed documents. While the letters themselves are
only slight deviations from their Arabic originals, the overall style
of the script was artistically influenced by Mongolian calligraphy,
as well as the ancient Sogdian and Uyghur scripts. After years of
stylistic evolution, it was officially proclaimed as the state script
of the Sultanate of Sharjastan, a fictional nation of ambiguous Middle
Eastern and Central Asian culture founded by Sharja in 2010.
- Type of writing system: Abjad
- Used to write: Predominantly Arabic, however, letters can be adapted for Farsi, Dari, Pashto, Urdu, or any Central Asian language that historically used Arabic orthography.
- Direction of writing: Words are written in vertical columns from right to left. Within a column, numbers are written horizontally from left to right up to only three numerical places at a time.
- As in Arabic, letters change their forms depending on their positions within the word and are always joined when possible.
- Unlike in Classical Arabic, a system for short vowel diacritics has not officially been developed yet.
Alphabet Chart for Sharjastani script
Sample texts in Sharjastani script
Standard Arabic version
Yūladu jamī'u n-nāsi aḥrāran
mutasāwīna fī l-karāmati wa-l-ḥuqūq. Wa-qad wuhibū
'aqlan wa-ḍamīran wa-'alayhim an yu'āmila ba'ḍuhum ba'ḍan
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood.
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