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Sheikh
Sheikh
Abdurahman Sh. Nur (Somali: Sheekh Cabdiraxmaan Sheekh Nuur, Arabic: الشيخ عبد الرحمن الشيخ نور‎) was a Somali Sheikh
Sheikh
(religious leader), qādi (judge) of the government at that time and the inventor of the Borama
Borama
script for the Somali language.[1][2]

Contents

1 Biography 2 See also 3 Notes 4 References 5 External links

Biography[edit] Sheikh
Sheikh
Abdurahman Sh. Nur grew up in Borama, he was of royal lineage, the Reer Ugaas subclan of the Makayl-Dheere branch of the Gadabuursi Dir clan.[3] Growing up he was a Qur'anic teacher in the British Somaliland protectorate. His father Sheikh
Sheikh
Nur was a well-known and notable figure and was a qādi for many years. He was a learned or knowledgeable man, in particular when it came to the history of his own clan, the Gadabuursi.[4] Sheikh
Sheikh
'Abdurahman would later follow in his father's footsteps by also becoming a qādi, albeit of the entire northern British Somaliland
British Somaliland
region.[3] In 1933, Nuur devised a quite phonetically accurate new orthography for transcribing the Somali language. While the script enjoyed considerable currency in his hometown, the Sheikh
Sheikh
harbored no illusions as to its widespread adoption, writing in a publication of his wherein he employed the script itself that "I publish it here with no intention of attempting to contribute to the already abundant confusion in the choice of a standard orthography for Somali".[3] See also[edit]

Osmanya script Borama
Borama
script Kaddare script Somali alphabet Wadaad's writing Osman Yusuf Kenadid Shire Jama Ahmed Hussein Sheikh
Sheikh
Ahmed Kaddare

Notes[edit]

^ Lewis, I. M. (1958-01-01). "The Gadabuursi
Gadabuursi
Somali Script". Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. 21 (1/3): 134–156. doi:10.1017/s0041977x00063278. JSTOR 610496.  ^ Somali alphabets, pronunciation and language ^ a b c David D. Laitin, Politics, Language, and Thought: The Somali Experience, (University Of Chicago Press: 1977), pp.86-87. ^ Lewis, I. M. (1958-01-01). "The Gadabuursi
Gadabuursi
Somali Script". Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. 21 (1/3): 142. doi:10.1017/s0041977x00063278. JSTOR 610496. 

References[edit]

David D. Laitin, Politics, language, and thought: the Somali experience, (University of Chicago Press: 1977) Lewis, I. M. (1958-01-01). "The Gadabuursi
Gadabuursi
Somali Script". Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. 21 (1/3): 134–156. doi:10.1017/s0041977x00063278. JSTOR 610496. 

External links[edit]

Osmanya, Borama, Wadaad's writing
Wadaad's writing
and the Somali language The Gadabuursi
Gadabuursi
Somali Script - qasidas in Gadab

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