Reading Nastaʻliq : Persian and Urdu hands from 1500 to the present
William L. Hanaway and Brian Spooner (2007)
This book is an introduction to the writing style of Persian and Urdu known as Nastaʻliq (and Shakasta, its derivative), widely employed since the 16th century in informal documents.
The volume presents an introduction detailing the style's common features its specific penstrokes, numericals and abbreviations, and then over 70 examples of administrative, legal, personal, literary extracts, taken from different manuscripts and epochs.
The texts are graded according to difficulty and understanding is facilitated through explanatory notes, and they are especially useful to students and scholars of Persian literature, history, law, politics..
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