Nabataean alphabet

The Nabataean alphabet is an abjad (consonantal alphabet) that was used by the Nabataeans in the second century BC.[2][3] Important inscriptions are found in Petra (now in Jordan), the Sinai Peninsula (now part of Egypt), and other archaeological sites including Abdah (in Israel) and Mada'in Saleh in Saudi Arabia.

Nabataean Kingdom, Aretas IV and Shaqilath, 9 b. C. - 40 a. D., AE18. On the reverse, an example of Nabataean script: names of Aretas IV (1st line) and Shaqilath (2nd and 3rd line).[4][5]
Nabataean
Script type
Time period
2nd century BC to 4th century AD
Directionright-to-left script 
LanguagesNabataean language
Related scripts
Parent systems
Child systems
Arabic script
ISO 15924
ISO 15924Nbat, 159 , Nabataean
Unicode
Unicode alias
Nabataean
U+10880U+108AF
Final Accepted Script Proposal
Example in Nabataean alphabet

Share this article:

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Nabataean alphabet, and is written by contributors. Text is available under a CC BY-SA 4.0 International License; additional terms may apply. Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.