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NASKH ( Arabic
Arabic
: نسخ‎‎ nasḫ/nasḵ; also known as NASKHI or by its Turkish name NESIH) is a specific style of the Arabic
Arabic
alphabet , said to have been invented by the calligrapher Ibn Muqlah Shirazi (d. 940). The root of this Arabic
Arabic
term nasakh-a (نسخ) means "to copy". It either refers to the fact that it replaced its predecessor, Kufic script, or that this style allows faster copying of texts.

This type of script was derived from Thuluth by introducing a number of modifications resulting in smaller size and greater delicacy. It is written using a small, very fine pen known as a cava pen , which makes the script eminently suitable for use in book production. Naskhi was used in copying Qur\'ans , Delails, En-ams and Hadiths . It was also used in commentaries on the Qur'an
Qur'an
( Tafsir ) and in collections of poetry ( Divan
Divan
). It was and is a very widely used form of script.

With small modifications, this is the style most commonly used for printing Arabic
Arabic
, Persian , Pashto and Sindhi languages and for representations of the Arabic alphabet
Arabic alphabet
by computer fonts . Naskh, along with Ta\'liq , notably also gave rise to Nasta\'līq , the style of script used for writing Urdu
Urdu
, Persian , Punjabi , Kashmiri , and sometimes Pashto and Uyghur .

SEE ALSO

* Ruqʿah (the cursive Arabic
Arabic
handwriting) * Nastaliq
Nastaliq
* Arabic
Arabic
, Urdu
Urdu
, other Arabic keyboard
Arabic keyboard
layouts * National Language Authority

REFERENCES

* ^ "Qur\'an Carpet Page; al-Fatihah". World Digital Library . Retrieved 28 February 2013.

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