[NTG-context] Ajami script

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Sun Jan 1 19:54:17 CET 2023


On Sun, Jan 1, 2023 at 2:14 PM BPJ via ntg-context <ntg-context at ntg.nl>
wrote:

It's a bit confusing because the word ʿajamī simply means anything written
> in a non-Arabic language with Arabic script. Africa is certainly not the
> only place where that term has been used. It is also the case that Arabic
> script has been used to write West African languages for very many
> centuries. There is no way that guy can have grown up there and not know
> that so I don't understand what this article is up to. Possibly this is a
> separate adaptation using its own conventions for writing the local
> language. Probably just pop-sci sensationalism coupled with some rather
> severe mis-/non-understanding on the part of the article author.
>

I grew up in Northern New Mexico and now live in Canada, so know that
"educational" efforts
which suppressed non-European languages and writing systems were too often
imposed on
indigenous peoples in N. America.  It would not surprise me to learn that
some West African kids
were never exposed to "anything written in a non-Arabic language with
Arabic script".

-- 
George N. White III
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