O'Reilly logo

Unicode Demystified by Richard Gillam

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

The Syriac Alphabet

The Syriac language is a member of the Aramaic family of languages that is spoken by a variety of minority communities—mostly Christian—throughout the Middle East.[5] It's the principal liturgical language and also serves as the vernacular for many members of these communities. Its alphabet is also used to write modern Aramaic, and many Syriac-speaking communities use the Syriac alphabet for writing other languages, particularly Arabic (Arabic written using the Syriac alphabet is called Garshuni.) A theological schism among the Syrian Christians in the fifth century led to a bifurcation of the language: there are two dialects of Syriac: Eastern and Western. The Eastern and Western communities have different, though related, ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required