Re: Arabic country names

From: Frank da Cruz (
Date: Fri Mar 21 2003 - 17:43:28 EST

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    Edward H Trager <> wrote (about how to find Arabic
    country names):

    > You need to download IBM's very thorough "International Components for
    > Unicode" library which is available under an Open Source license at:
    > ...there is a list, among other things, of the names of countries, spelled
    > out fully, in that language/locale, referenced by the two-letter
    > abbreviations. For the "ar.txt" file, there is a list of 18 countries...
    > ...
    > The strings are in Java-style, ie: "EG { "\u0645\u0635\u0631" }".
    Thanks. I wound up writing my own program to decode the strings since
    installing new software on Unix always leads down a rabbit hole :-) Now I
    have what I hope are correct Arabic names for:

      Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan,
      Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia,
      Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and

    But I can't read Arabic so all I can say is that these names appear to be
    Arabic character strings. If anybody can check them (and/or supply others),
    I'd be grateful (e.g. which of the former Soviet Republics besides Tajikistan
    is switching over to Arabic script?)

    Thanks to Edward, Roozbeh, the IBM ICU people, and others who supplied
    strings, pointers, and/or hints.

    When I have time I'll go through the other *.txt files and see what else I
    can pick up.

    - Frank

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