History of the Arabic Alphabet

  • Category

    History & Culture

  • Resource Type


  • Themes/Subject

    Current issues, History

  • Grade Levels

    Middle School

  • Author(s)

    Qatar Foundation International

What are the historical origins of the Arabic writing system? This graphic helps examine the link between earlier alphabets and how they developed into the Arabic alphabet we know today, while also exploring how other languages from completely different language families use the Arabic alphabet as their primary writing system.

Featured below is a selection of letters from each alphabet and how they have evolved throughout history.