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Arabic Alphabet & the Downfall of Islam

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Submitted by Robert (United States), Nov 16, 2022 at 14:54

As you note above, the Printing Press (Movable Type) was invented about the middle of the 15th Century.

However, I've often wondered if it is the nature of the Arabic Alphabet which limited the Muslim world to adopt and use the Printing Press. The Roman and related alphabets are particularly well suited for producing distinct single typefaces - not so with the Arabic Alphabet for various reasons.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I don't think so.

Peoples using Arabic script did just fine a millennium ago.

East Asian peoples do just fine with much more challenging Chinese ideographs.

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