Re: Arabic Script: A new Hamza is required for Urdu and Sindhi

From: Philippe Verdy (
Date: Tue Sep 20 2005 - 04:23:07 CDT

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    From: "Mete Kural" <>
    > Similar to the need for an additional hamza character for Urdu and Sindhi
    > that you have mentioned Lateef, there is also a need for a seperate hamza
    > character for classical Arabic. The currently available U+0621 hamza
    > character is sufficient for modern Arabic and Persian. U+0621 hamza is
    > defined to be a dis-joining character when found in medial position in a
    > word which is the correct behaviour in Persian. Meaning, it causes the
    > letters that come before it and after it to disconnect from each other, if
    > they do connect normally. But in classical Arabic, hamza is not a
    > dis-joining character when in medial position, it is rather a floating
    > character that flots over the connection between two letter that connect.
    > Numerous examples are found in most printings of the Quran (verse 2:4 look
    > for al-aakhira, verse 2:33 look for yaa'adamu, etc., etc.). Because of
    > this missing hamza (and several other things) it is impossible to encode
    > "the most common editions" of the Qur'an such as the!

    Couldn't that be treated by a ligature indication? I mean ZWJ on both sides
    of hamza?

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