Should Farsi go back to manichean / Soghdian?

Naima

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Jun 2014
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Should Farsi return to the original and older alphabet of manichean and Soghdian or even older Pahlavi type abandoning the arab one?
Yes or no and why not or yes?
 
Mar 2016
819
Eindhoven
If it represents the phonetics of the language better, it could be an option but it's hard and lossy process.
 

Naima

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Jun 2014
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I am actually thinking in more of recovering the old historical heritage of the language to simplify for people to read also the older Iranian Persian documents.
 
Mar 2016
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Eindhoven
I am actually thinking in more of recovering the old historical heritage of the language to simplify for people to read also the older Iranian Persian documents.
That's not a good reason to change alphabet imo. You can always open elective courses, in college as well as high school, if you want people to read old stuff.
 

Naima

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Jun 2014
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Venice
That's not a good reason to change alphabet imo. You can always open elective courses, in college as well as high school, if you want people to read old stuff.
Well Turkey did shift from Arab alphabeth to the latin one .
 
May 2016
974
Nabataea
Why would you alienate people from their culture? There are numerous books dealing with philosophy, literature, astronomy, medicine, even talisman written in Persian with Arabic alphabet from late Abbasid period and onwards that will take tremendous time and substantial effort - not to mention the cost - to localize it in the new alphabet form.

Why not just leave it? And no, Reading cave scratches is not a good reason for fundamental transformation. However if they could afford it out of nationalistic reasons (the only scenario i could make sense of that decision, Which is highly unlikely), They should adapt Latin instead. Since the aforementioned scripts are descendant of Aramaic/Syriac Abjads. Making it very similar to Arabic.
 

Tulun

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Nov 2010
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Western Eurasia
Sounds a silly idea. They have far more literature in the perso-arabic script than the corpus of all previous scripts combined from cuneiform to pahlavi , and it is used for writing Persian since like 1200 years by now. Probably every year they produce more publications in perso-arabic script than what has survived in all other scripts together.
 
Dec 2015
510
Middle East
Should Farsi return to the original and older alphabet of manichean and Soghdian or even older Pahlavi type abandoning the arab one?
Yes or no and why not or yes?
It's more a Persian Alphabet than an Arabic one:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sibawayh

The founder of the first modern Arab dictionary was also a non-Arab Lebanese of Shitte background:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmad_Rida

Though not an Arab, the Lebanese Shiite Ahmad Reza was also the founder of one of the first Arab-language magazine called Irfan. The other two Arab-language magazines preceding Irfan were founded by Lebanese Maronites.

So it's more appropiate to ask whether the Arabs should stop using this Persian slash Lebanese Alphabet and create their own.
 
Mar 2016
819
Eindhoven
Well Turkey did shift from Arab alphabeth to the latin one .
Because latin alphabet fit better and Turkey had tight integration with West world in mind. It was due to pragmatic reasons, not nationalistic.