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  • Arabi Malayalam is a system of writing Malayalam language in a variant form of Arabic script.It may me considered as a misnomer, because it gives a sense of blending.Most of the languages of the modern world have borrowed their scripts from other languages. Examples are English, German and French using Latin script and Hindi and Marathi using Devanagari script.Arabi-Malayalam is only a script system used in Malayalam; not a language. Itis a blend of Malayalam grammatical base, Arabic script with special orthographic features, and vocabulary from Malayalam, Arabic, Tamil, Urdu and Persian. Though this originated in the South Indian region of the Malabar, today the script is mainly used in Malaysia and Singapore by the migrant Muslim community. It is also used to teach Malayalam in Madrassas of Kerala and Lakshadweep. Until the 20th century, the script was widely taught to all Muslims in Kerala, including women. Most of the Mappila Songs are written in Arabi-Malayalam script. The earliest known such work is the Muhyidheen Mala, written in 1607. Over the centuries, almost 3000 Arabic words used in Arabi-Malayalam came to be assimilated to the Malayalam language.

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