The Tifinagh alphabet is thought to have derived from the ancient
Berber script. The name Tifinagh possibly
means 'the Phoenician letters', or possibly from the phrase tifin
negh, which means 'our invention'.
Since September 2003, the Tifinagh alphabet children in Moroccan primary
schools have been taught to write Tamazight with the Tifinagh alphabet. It
is also used by the Tuareg, particularly the women, for private notes, love
letters and in decoration. For public purposes, the Arabic
alphabet is normally used.
- Type of writing system: alphabet.
- Direction of writing: left to right in horizontal lines.
Used to write
Tamazight (Tamaziɣt / ⵜⴰⵎⴰⵣⵉⵖⵜ),
a family of Berber languages spoken by between 16 and 30 million people
mainly in Morocco and Algeria, and also in Libya, Mali, Niger,
Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Egypt and Mauritania.
Neo-Tifinagh alphabet as used in Morocco
Sample text in Tamazight
Imdanen, akken ma llan ttlalen d ilelliyen msawan di lḥweṛma d
yizerfan-ghur sen tamsakwit d lâquel u yessefk ad-tili tegmatt gar asen.
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.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Information about the Tifinagh script and Berber languages |
Tower of Babel in Tamasheq |
Language courses for Tuareg and other languages
Information about Tifinagh and Berber languages
Online lessons in Berber languages
Free Tifinagh fonts
Tawalt - a Libyan Berber site in the Tifinagh and Arabic scripts
Monde Berbere (Berber World) - information on the Berber people of
Morocco in Berber, French and English:
Kra isallen - Le magazine en ligne de l'association Tamazgha
TIFIN' ART - Calligraphies et peintures (Tifinagh calligraphy)
Proto-Sinaitic / Proto-Canaanite,