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Title:Central Sudanic Arabic scripts (Part 2): barnawi
Authors:Brigaglia, Andrea
Nobili, MauroISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:Islamic Africa (ISSN 2154-0993)
Volume:4
Issue:2
Pages:195-223
Language:English
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
Subjects:writing systems
Arabic language
manuscripts
religious literature
External link:http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.5192/215409930402195
Abstract:This article describes and analyses 'barnawi', the Arabic script of Borno (northeastern Nigeria) and most ancient prototype of what is defined as the Central Sudanic family of scripts. 'Barnawi' shows paleographic features that clearly set it apart from some other West African Arabic scripts, thereby confirming the inadequacy of the label 'sudani', which often surfaces in literature to collectively brand a variety of scripts used in different regions of West Africa. A paleographic analysis of 'barnawi' also suggests that its origins predate the development of the maghribi script in North Africa in the twelfth century. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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