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Re: VMs: Arabic
--- Bruce Grant <bgrant@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> In other places where a doubled letter occurs, the
> script apparently
> uses a symbol called "shadda" which is written above
> a single copy of
> the letter, and is apparently often ommitted..
> (At least, that's how they explain it in my copy of
> "Teach Yourself Arabic".)
About this book, I wonder if you have understood
the phrase on p.22 and which has mystified me
ever since I bought it (many years ago):
Letters, when used as numbers, follow the order
of the Hebrew alphabet, those peculiar to Arabic
coming last, they represent the units, tens,
hundreds, and a thousand. They are divided into
these Barbarous words: _
<List of barbarous words in aArabic script omitted>
The principle is clear, this is how numbers are
(were?) written also in Greek: iota-beta = 12,
a number occurring often in astronimical works.
But what about these barabarous words??
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