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Nasx is a generic name for a variety of Arabic scripts used for many centuries, mostly for the copying of books and later for printing, from Egypt to China and Southeast Asia.

The root n-s-x of the word nasx is Nabataean in origin and appears to have been associated with copying and transcription from an early period of Islam. The term nasxī was originally introduced by Western Arabists to cover all round scripts of the earlier Muslim centuries (Abbott 1939:34, 37). Even though the original sources use the term nasx, the term nasxī has remained in use to cover both formal and informal …

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Adam Gacek, “Nasx”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 10 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_vol3_0094>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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