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January 12, 2020

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Some beautiful examples of Islamic calligraphy. One minor correction. There are vowels in the arabic/persian alphabets: alif (an "ah" sound), ‘ayn (gutteral "ah" sound), waw (an "oo" sound), ya (an "ee" sound), and combos like waw-alif = oo-ah = (elide into) wa.

There are diacritical, called hamzah, which are optional, and when used, can appear above or below certain letters to indicate vowels, glottal stops, etc.

Thank you for the comment. My learning curve in this terrain is steep. As I depend on Montaigne, I simple quote him here.

“Mistakes often escape our eyes, but it is the sign of a poor judgment if we are unable to see them when shown to us by another . . . indeed to recognize one’s ignorance is one of the best and surest signs of judgment that I know.”

AB

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