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http://www.languagehat.com/archives/001694.php

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"Since Independence, though, most Muslims speak Urdu, which is written with the Arabic alphabet in a slanting style called Nastaliq."

But Nastaliq is simply ugly! Why would anybody want to mess with the beautiful Arabic script?
 
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Errr... the next two sentences in the article you linked to address this point. Evidently, not everyone agrees with your assessment.
 
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Jim: the next two sentences in the article you linked to address this point.

Which point? Ugliness of Nastaliq? I doubt anybody would be bold enough to utter the idea. And it's not just ugly, it's atrocious.
 
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I think this is what Jim was referring to:

Urdu speakers are proud of Nastaliq, since they feel that Urdu is one of the most beautiful languages in the world and this way of writing is more beautiful than the flat way they write in the Middle East. I think they're right, too - it's one of the most graceful writing styles...
 
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Urdu speakers are proud of Nastaliq, since they feel that Urdu is one of the most beautiful languages in the world and this way of writing is more beautiful than the flat way they write in the Middle East.

I have no slightest idea what this string of words is supposed to mean. Nastaliq is a Persian script! "more beautiful than the flat way they write in the Middle East" -- doh!

I still think that Arabic script is the most beautiful.
 
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Map, you seem to be having some processing straightforward statements of opinion which you don't agree with. Do you really require translations here? Yes, you disagree, we get that.
 
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Try to google "Arabic calligraphy" -- you'll find enormously beautiful pictures.



Look at number 14 -- Nastaliq is a bastard.
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Do Arab children find this as easy as I did my ABCs? It's amazing to look at but I couldn't imagine trying to learn it. Looks like you'd have to have very good penmanship to make it readable.
 
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[Map]: Look at number 14 -- Nastaliq is a bastard.

Sorry, I don't see anything wrong with 14. Looks nice. 15 seems rather drab to me though. 16, 17, 18 are particularly interesting. You sure those don't count as messing with the beautiful Arabic script?

You know, googling "Nastaliq calligraphy" yields some interesting results too. Here are some of my favorites:

http://www.sakkal.com/articles/nastaliq_naqsh/article.html
http://www.sakkal.com/Guest_Gallery/Rouhfar/Rouhfar_Art.html
http://www.sakkal.com/art/qadeer.html
http://www.irib.ir/Ouriran/ART/souls/htmls/en/3.htm
http://www.iranhouseindia.com/calligraphy.htm
http://www.muslimwakeup.com/mainarchive/2004/08/001012print.php
 
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Jim Yingst:

Map, you seem to be having some processing straightforward statements of opinion which you don't agree with. Do you really require translations here? Yes, you disagree, we get that.

I just want to put in my 2c and mention that I agree with Map's opinion that Persia is in the middle east.
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Sure, but do you also have "no slightest idea what this string of words is supposed to mean" ? The point about Nastaliq being Persian in origin is valid, and may suggest some ignorance (or carelessness) on the part of the person who spoke of "the flat way they write in the Middle East". Though one may reasonably suppose that from an Urdu speaker's perspective, most of the Middle East uses a "flatter" script than Naftaliq. So OK, they should have said "the flat way they write in most of the Middle East". It was sloppy thinking (the likes of which we see in MD all the time). It doesn't render the original sentence completely incomprehensible. And it doesn't really impact understanding of the main point of the sentence, unless one is being deliberatly obtuse. If posters want to pretend ignorance of the most basic, obvious aspects of written communication - well OK. But why then should anyone bother replying at all? Maybe we should just say "Yo no habla Ingles." :roll: That would be about as productive.
 
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It took me a while to figure what is so special about Arabic script. I love it, and I am so often feel scared by it. The thing, as I understand, is that it is open to the top. English or Russian letters occupy their space, so you wouldn't normally think about extending them in any direction. Arabic letters you can extend to the top, they remind me a blaze -- I am both fascinated and scared.

And Nastaliq profanes the idea! I can't start to explain how much I hate it!
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