Nabataean script

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Inscription on a rock in Petra

The Nabataean script is the sign system of the Nabataeans . It developed in the 2nd century BC. BC from a West Aramaic consonant script and, like most Semitic scripts, is left-handed . Their development can be traced precisely based on numerous inscriptions, including in Wadi Rum and the city of Petra . If the ligatures of the Aramaic alphabet were still fairly upright, their inclination increases more and more in the course of development. At the same time they moved closer together. Went in from the Nabataean writing the fourth and fifth centuries the Arabic script produced.

In June 2014 the font was included in the Unicode 7.0 standard as the Nabatean Unicode block (U + 10880 – U + 108AF).

See also


  • Solomon A. Birnbaum: The Negeb Script. In: Vetus Testamentum. 6, 1956, ISSN  0042-4935 , pp. 337-371.

Web links

  • Table with the development of the Nabataean script and comparison with other Middle Eastern script forms

Individual evidence

  1. Unicode 7.0.0. Unicode Consortium, June 16, 2014, accessed June 17, 2014 .