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  1. [linguistics] A writing system, similar to a syllabary, in which there is one glyph (that is a symbol or letter) for each consonant or consonantal phoneme. Some languages that use abjads are Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Urdu. Abjads differ from syllabaries (such as the Japanese hiragana) in that the vowel quality of each letter is left unspecified, and must be inferred from context and grammar.


"Abjad" a.k.a. "The First Letter" is a 2003 drama romance film written and directed by Abolfazl Jalili.


Abjad: An abjad is a type of writing system where each symbol always or usually stands for a consonant, leaving the reader to supply the appropriate vowel. It is a term suggested by Peter T. Daniels to replace the common terms "consonantary", "consonantal alphabet" or "syllabary" to refer to the family of scripts called West Semitic.

  • also known as 辅音音素文字

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Google previewArmenia : a Resumé : with Notes on Seth's Armenians in India (2005)

by Shahzad Z. Najmuddin

* An abjad is a type of alphabet where there is one symbol per character. The term takes its name from the old order of the Arabi.

Google previewMedieval Islamic Civilization (2005)

An Encyclopedia by Josef W. Meri

The name abjad is a combination of the letters with values between 1 and 4: alif ...

Google previewNotes and Queries (1876)

The Arabic word Abjad means the numerical power of letters by which dates are commemorated in chronograms significant of the events recorded, the powers of the letters used, with some exceptions, being the same in Hebrew, Greek, and ...

Google previewInnovations and Advanced Techniques in Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering (2007)

by Tarek Sobh

Urdu Script The Urdu abjad is a derivative of the Persian alphabet derived from Arabic script, which in itself is derived from the Aramaic script (Encarta 2000, Encyclopedia of Writing and [2]). Urdu has also retained its Persio-Arabic influence ...

Google previewSultans of the South (2011)

Arts of India's Deccan Courts, 1323-1687 by Navina Najat Haidar, Marika Sardar

The abjad is a method of recording numbers alphabetically, using the old Semitic order of letters; for death dates, the skilled writers of chronograms would observe requirements of poetic meter, rhyme, apposite sense, as well as numerical ...

Google previewThe Cambridge Handbook of Literacy (2009)

by David R. Olson, Nancy Torrance

Abjad is an Arabic word. Arabic alphabetical order is not that inherited from its Semitic forebears, still found in Greek a b g d etc. and easily recognizable in the English alphabet. Instead, Arabic groups together letters of similar shape, thus a b t ...

Google previewAdam Spencer's World of Numbers (2015)

by Adam Spencer

Put simply, an abjad is a writing system where most or all of the characters are consonants and it is up to the reader to supply the appropriate vowel. Talk about free speech! An abugida, on the other hand, is a syllabic “alphabet in which ...

Google previewA Sociolinguistic History of Early Identities in Singapore (2012)

From Colonialism to Nationalism by Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew

An abjad is a type of writing system whereby each symbol always stands for a consonant; the reader must then supply the appropriate vowel. Jawi consists of all the 29 letters of the Arabic alphabet together with five newly invented non- Arabic ...

Google previewThe Routeldge Handbook of Scripts and Alphabets (2013)

by George L Campbell, Christopher Moseley

An abjad is a system in which vowels are not, or are only minimally, indicated. The consonant symbols only provide a partial key to pronunciation. Marking of vowels by diacritics is in some cases possible but optional. • A syllabic alphabet is a ...

Google previewText Entry Systems (2010)

Mobility, Accessibility, Universality by I. Scott MacKenzie, Kumiko Tanaka-Ishii

Such a script is called abjad or consonantary by Daniels and Bright (1996) as explained in Chap. 10. This chapter concerns text entry in abjads. Text consisting only of consonants might seem surprising to readers unfamiliar with Hebrew or ...

Google previewA World of Curiosities (2012)

Surprising, Interesting, and Downright Unbelievable Facts from Every Nation on t he Planet by John Oldale

An abjad is a lettering system that consists only of consonants, leaving readers to guess for themselves which vowel sounds should be ...

Google previewSAS Encoding (2012)

Understanding the Details by Manfred Kiefer

An abjad is a consonantal alphabet in which each character usually stands for a consonant; the reader must supply the appropriate vowel. Examples are the Arabic and the Hebrew alphabets.

Google previewSpirit Man Jinn

The Abjad is an acronym referring to the first four letters in the Arabic alphabet in numerical order. It is an alphabetic writing system where there is one symbol per consonant. Ahmad Qadiani: A Muslim religious figure born in Qadian, a small ...

Google previewA dictionary, Hindustani and English, a English and Hindustani ... 4. ed. enlarged (1849)

by John Shakespear

A+ abjad , ...

Google previewBreverton's Encyclopedia of Inventions (2013)

by Terry Breverton

The abjad (a type of writing system in which each symbol stands for a consonant) was significantly simpler than the earlier hieroglyphs, and the number of distinct glyphs was reduced tremendously. However, this came at the cost of increased ...

Google previewA Concise Encyclopedia of the Bah‡'’ Faith (2013)

by Peter Smith

abjad. numbering. system. abortion. For Bahá'ís the human soul appears at conception. Abortion merely to prevent the birth of an unwanted child is therefore forbidden. Abortion for medical reasons is permitted, however, after due reflection on ...

Google previewThe Routledge Linguistics Encyclopedia (2009)

by Kirsten Malmkjaer

Structurally, the Arabic script is considered an abjad; an abjad is like an alphabet except that only the consonants are written. In Arabic long vowels are in fact regularly written, but short vowels are not normally indicated although there are ...

Google previewThe Oxford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Science, and Technology in Islam (2014)

by Salim Ayduz, Ibrahim Kalin, Caner Dagli

Muslims followed the Semitic abjad, that is, the sequence of the first four of the twenty-two letters found in the older Semitic alphabets, from Phoenician to Hebrew and Aramaic. The Arabic alphabet derives from the Nabataean language and ...

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