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T̲ulut̲ ̲
(2,004 words)

Although the t̲ulut̲ ‘one-third’ script appears in some early classical texts, not much is known about this ancient script, except that one of its main features, in its smaller version, was the roundness of its letters. Ibn an-Nadīm (d. 380/990), for example, reports that the large t̲ulut̲ (at̲-t̲ulut̲ al-kabīr at̲-t̲aqīl) was ‘invented’ by Quṭba (d. 154/771) as one of the four leading scripts, the others being jalīl, ṭūmār al-kabīr, and niṣf at̲-t̲aqīl. The smaller (xafīf) version apparently developed from a small and round script called al-mudawwar aṣ-ṣaġīr, which was used for …

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Adam Gacek, “T̲ulut̲ ̲”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 15 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_0138>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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