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Maldivian writing systems
The last version of the Maldivian script used after the conversion of people to Islam around the 1700s. Standard Indic order. This table is provided as a reference for the position of the letters on the table.

DIVEHI AKURU or Dhives Akuru
Dhives Akuru
(island letters) is a script formerly used to write the Maldivian language . This script was called "Dives Akuru" by H. C. P. Bell who studied Maldive epigraphy when he retired from the British government service in Colombo and wrote an extensive monography on the archaeology, history and epigraphy of the Maldive islands.

The Divehi Akuru developed from the Grantha script . The early form of this script was Dīvī Grantha which was named Evēla Akuru (ancient letters) by H. C. P. Bell in order to distinguish it from the more recent variants of the same script. The ancient form (Evela) can be seen in the loamaafaanu (copper plates) of the 12th and 13th centuries and in inscriptions on coral stone (hirigaa) dating back from the Maldive Buddhist period. Like the Sinhala script and most of the native scripts of India
India
, and unlike Thaana
Thaana
script , Dhives akuru descended ultimately from the Brahmi script and thus was written from left to right.

Divehi Akuru was still used in some atolls in the South Maldives as the main script around 70 years ago. Since then, the use is purely scholarly, or it's used by hobbyists. It can still be found on gravestones, and some monuments, including the stone base of the pillars supporting the main structure of the ancient friday mosque in Malé. H. C. P. Bell obtained an astrology book written in Divehi Akuru in Addu Atoll, in the south of Maldives, during one of his trips. This book is now kept in the National Archives of Sri Lanka in Colombo.

Bodufenvalhuge Sidi
Bodufenvalhuge Sidi
, an eminent Maldivian scholar, wrote a book called "Divehi Akuru" in 1959 prompted by then Prime Minister Ibrahim Nasir, in order to clarify H. C. P. Bell's errors. However, Maldivian cultural associations have not paid much attention to Bodufenvalhuge Sidi's work and keep perpetuating those errors.

BRAHMIC SCRIPTS

The Brahmic script and its descendants

Northern Brahmic

* Gupta script

* Bhaiksuki alphabet * Tocharian alphabet * Khotanese

* Śāradā script
Śāradā script

* Laṇḍā scripts
Laṇḍā scripts

* Gurmukhī alphabet * Khojki * Khudabadi script
Khudabadi script
* Multani alphabet * Mahajani

* Devāśeṣa

* Takri alphabet * Dogra

* Siddhaṃ script

* Tibetan alphabet

* \ 'Phags-pa script
'Phags-pa script
* Pungs-chen * Pungs-chung * Marchen * Marchung * Horizontal square script * Soyombo alphabet

* Lepcha alphabet

* Limbu alphabet

* Nāgarī script
Nāgarī script

* Devanagari
Devanagari

* Gujarati alphabet * Modi alphabet

* Nandinagari
Nandinagari

* Kaithi

* Sylheti Nagari

* Kalinga alphabet

* Odia alphabet

* Gaudi

* Assamese-Bengali * Tirhuta
Tirhuta
* Bhujinmol * Newar * Ranjana alphabet

* Meithei script

Southern Brahmic

* Tamil-Brahmi

* Vatteluttu alphabet

* Kolezhuthu

* Tamil script

* Grantha alphabet

* Malayalam script * Tigalari alphabet * Sinhala alphabet

* Dhives Akuru
Dhives Akuru

* Thaana
Thaana

* Saurashtra alphabet

* Khmer alphabet

* Lao alphabet * Thai alphabet

* Cham alphabet * Ahom alphabet

* Kawi script

* Balinese alphabet * Javanese script * Baybayin * Batak alphabet * Buhid alphabet * Hanunó\'o alphabet * Tagbanwa alphabet * Sundanese alphabet * Lontara alphabet * Makasar * Rejang alphabet * Mon alphabet * Burmese alphabet
Burmese alphabet
* Chakma alphabet

* Tai Tham alphabet

* New Tai Lue alphabet

* Tai Le alphabet * Tai Viet alphabet

* Bhattiprolu alphabet

* Kadamba alphabet

* Kannada alphabet
Kannada alphabet
* Telugu script

* v * t * e

REFERENCES

* Bell, H.C.P. Excerpta Maldiviana. Reprint 1922-1935 edn. New Delhi 1998. * Bell, H.C.P. The Maldive islands. Monograph on the History, Archaeology and Epigraphy. Reprint 1940 edn. Male' 1986. * Bodufenvahuge Sidi. Divehi Akuru; Evvana Bai. Male' 1958. * Divehi Bahuge Qawaaaid. Vols 1 to 5. Ministry of Education. Male' 1978. * Divehīnge Tarika. Divehīnge Bas. Divehibahāi Tārikhah Khidumaykurā Qaumī Majlis. Male’ 2000. * Geiger, Wilhelm . Maldivian Linguistic Studies. Reprint 1919 edn. Novelty Press. Male’ 1986. * Gunasena, Bandusekara. The Evolution of the Sinhalese Script. Godage Poth Mendura. Colombo 1999. * Romero-Frias, Xavier . The Maldive Islanders, A Study of the Popular Culture of an Ancient Ocean Kingdom. Barcelona 1999. * Sivaramamurti, C. Indian Epigraphy and South Indian Scripts. Bulletin of the Madras Government Museum. Chennai 1999.

* السّيّد ބޮޑު ފެންވަޅުގޭ ސީދީ. "ދިވެހި އަކުރު -- އެއްވަނަ ބައި." (Assidi Bodu Fenvalhugey Seedee. Dhivehi akuru—e`vana ba`i = Dhivehi akuru—volume one). Primary title (not standardized by Unicode
Unicode
)

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IConji
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New Epoch Notation Painting
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Testerian
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CHINESE FAMILY OF SCRIPTS

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Hanja
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Khitan large script
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NUMERALS

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SEMI-SYLLABARIES

FULL

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REDUNDANT

* Espanca * Pahawh Hmong * Khitan small script * Southwest Paleohispanic * Zhùyīn fúhào

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* ASLwrite
ASLwrite
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* Kikakui * Kpelle * Linear B
Linear B
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Cuneiform
* Vai * Woleai * Yi (Modern) * Yugtun

* v * t * e

Braille
Braille
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BRAILLE CELL

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Unicode
braille patterns

BRAILLE SCRIPTS

French-ordered scripts (see for more)

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Devanagari
(Hindi / Marathi / Nepali) * Bengali * Punjabi * Sinhalese * Tamil * Urdu * etc.

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* Algerian Braille
Braille
(obsolete)

FREQUENCY-BASED SCRIPTS

* American Braille
Braille
(obsolete)

INDEPENDENT SCRIPTS

* Japanese * Korean * Two-Cell Chinese

EIGHT-DOT SCRIPTS

* Luxembourgish * Kanji * Gardner–Salinas braille codes (GS8)

SYMBOLS IN BRAILLE

* Braille
Braille
music * Canadian currency marks * Computer Braille
Braille
Code * Gardner–Salinas braille codes (GS8/GS6) * International Phonetic Alphabet
International Phonetic Alphabet
(IPA) * Nemeth braille code

BRAILLE TECHNOLOGY

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e-book * Braille
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Mountbatten Brailler
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Refreshable braille display
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Slate and stylus
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PERSONS

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