Below, latest list of Arabic-script languages. Additions appreciated. Eighteen of these languages are mentioned in Unicode 3.0 documentation.
Question for the list: Unicode 3.0 Arabic and most literature in English lists variant Arabic script alphabets in "abjad" order. Why was "abjad" order chosen for computer standards instead of "hija'" ?
ARABIC SCRIPT LANGUAGES
JAN 15, 2001
1. TODAY (languages now written in Arabic)
Arabic and: Afrikaans, Azeri--Iran, Balti, Baluchi, Brahui, Chewa, Dagomba, Dari, Farsi, Fula (Fulfulde, Pulaar), Harari, Hausa-Islamic literature, Jarma, Kabyle (Berber), Kanuri--Cameroon, Karaite, Kashmiri, Kituba, Koli, Kurdi (Sorani), Lahnda, Lingala, Luganda, Luri, Makua, Malinke, Malay--Brunei, Mazanderani, Moplah, Oromo--Islamic literature, Panjabi--Pakistan, Pashto, Shilha (Berber), Shona, Sindhi, Siraiki, Songhai, Swahili--Islamic literature, Tamasheq (Berber), Tamazight (Berber), Tarifit (Rifian), Tausug (Sulu), Tigre--Islamic literature, Urdu, Uyghur, West Circassian-Turkey, Wolof, Yakan, Zanugha.
2. YESTERDAY (languages formerly in Arabic)
Achinese, Adyghe, Albanian, Avar, Bashkir, Chechen, Dargwa, Ingush, Japanese, Kaitak, Karakalpak, Kazakh, Khwarezmian, Kubachi, Kumyk, Kurmanji, Kyrgyz, Lak, Lezgian, Malagasy, Maltese, Minangkabau, Ottoman Turkish, Serbo-Croatian, Somali, Spanish, Sundanese, Tajik, Tatar, Turkmen, Uzbek, Volga Bulgarian, Western Cham, Yoruba.
3. UNCERTAIN STATUS (minority languages that may be written in Arabic)
Bakhtiari, Bhatneri, Burushaski, Dameli, Deghani, Dhatki, Domari, Gawar-Bati, Gilaki, Gujari, Hindko, Isneq, Kalami, Kami, Khowar, Koti, Kumzari, Maranao, Marwari, Ormani, Pashai, Qashqai, Samal, Shina, Takestani, Tingian, Waigoli, Wanai
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