The Arabic alphabet is the Arabic script as it is codified for writing the Arabic language. It is written from right to left, in a cursive style, and includes 28 letters. Because letters usually stand for consonants, it is classified as an abjad. Time period: 400 to the present. Parent systems: Proto-Sinaitic, Phoenician, Aramaic, Syriac, Nabataean.
Image 27 - Chart of the letters of the Arabic alphabet showing the transcription and various forms (Name, Transcription, Final, Medial, Initial, Independent). Evidence of writing in Arabia goes back many centuries before the advent of Islam, the first evidence for classical Arabic appears in Syria dating to 328. Page 60 Islamic Arts by Bloom