Arwi (அரபுத்தமிழ் / لسانالأروي)

Arwi is a variety of Tamil used by Muslims in Tamil Nadu in India, and in Sri Lanka. It is written with the Arabic script, and helps Tamil Muslims to learn Arabic so that they can read the Quran and other literary works in Arabic.

Arwi is used to write about Sufism, law and medicine, as well as to write religious works. It is thought that by using the Arabic script to write about such things, mispronunciations of Arabic terms are less likely than if they are transliterated into the Tamil alphabet.

Arwi is not used very often, however is still taught in schools in southern India, and attempts are being made to increase its use.

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Tamil (தமிழ்), a Dravidian language spoken by around 52 million people mainly in southern India and Sri Lanka.

Arwi (Arabic Tamil)

Arwi (Arabic Tamil)

ب, ث, خ, ح, ذ, ض, ص, ع, ظ, ط, غ and ق are only used in Arabic loanwords.

Download an Arwi alphabet chart (Excel)

Sample text in Arwi

مَنِتڣ ڣِروِينڔ چكلڔُم چتنتڔمَكوࣣي ڣِرككنرنڔ; اَوڔكصٜ مَتڣڣِلم اُڔمَيكصٜلم چمَمَنوڔكصٜ. اَوڔكصٜ نِيَيتتييم مَنچڊچيييم اِيرڣڹڣَكڣ ڣࣣرروڔكصٜ. اَوڔكصٜ اٗڔُوڔُڊنٗڔُوڔ چكٗوتڔ اُڹڔوُڣ ڣَࢳكل نڊنتكٗصٜصٜل وࣣيڹڊم.

Details of the Arwi script and sample text supplied by Michael Peter Füstumum

Tamil script version

மனிதப் பிறவியினர் சகலரும் சுதந்திரமாகவே பிறக்கின்றனர்; அவர்கள் மதிப்பிலும் உரிமைகளிலும் சமமானவர்கள். அவர்கள் நியாயத்தையும் மனசாட்சியையும் இயற்பண்பாகப் பெற்றவர்கள். அவர்கள் ஒருவருடனொருவர் சகோதர உணர்வுப் பாங்கில் நடந்துகொள்ளல் வேண்டும்.


Maṉitap piṛaviyiṉar čakalarum čutantiramākavē piṛakkiṉṛaṉar; avarkaḷ matippilum urimaikaḷilum čamamāṉavarkaḷ. Avarkaḷ niyāyattaiyum maṉačāṭčiyaiyum iyaṛpaṇpākap peṛṛavarkaḷ. Avarkaḷ oruvaruṭaṉoruvar čakōtara uṇarvup pāṅkil naṭantukoḷḷal vēṇṭum.


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)

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Dravidian languages

Badaga, Brahui, Dhundari, Gondi, Irula, Jatapu, Kannada, Kodava, Kolam, Konda, Koya, Kurukh, Malayalam, Mukha Dora, Ravula, Sankethi, Savara, Sunuwar, Suriyani Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Toda, Tulu, Yerukula

Languages written with the Arabic script

Adamaua Fulfulde, Afrikaans, Arabic (Algerian), Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Lebanese), Arabic (Modern Standard), Arabic (Moroccan), Arabic (Syrian), Arabic (Tunisian), Arwi, Äynu, Azeri, Balti, Baluchi, Beja, Belarusian, Bosnian, Brahui, Chagatai, Chechen, Comorian, Crimean Tatar, Dargwa, Dari, Domari, Gilaki, Hausa, Hazaragi, Kabyle, Karakalpak, Konkani, Kashmiri, Kazakh, Khowar, Khorasani Turkic, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Lezgi, Luri, Malay, Marwari, Mandekan, Mazandarani, Morisco, Mozarabic, Palula, Pashto, Persian/Farsi, Punjabi, Qashqai, Rajasthani, Rohingya, Salar, Saraiki, Serer, Shabaki, Shina, Shughni, Sindhi, Somali, Tatar, Tausūg, Torwali, Turkish, Urdu, Uyghur, Uzbek, Wakhi, Wolof

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