<!-- PLEASE DO NOT CONVERT REFERENCES WITHOUT DISCUSSING ON TALK PAGE. SEE http://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=5885 -->The Tajik language
has been written in three writing systems
over the course of its history: a version of the Arabic script
, a version of the Latin alphabet
, and a version of the Cyrillic alphabet
. Any version used specifically for Tajik may be referred to as the Tajik alphabet
, which is written in Tajik as follows: Perso-Arabic: , Cyrillic: , Latin: .
The use of a specific alphabet generally corresponds with stages in history
, with Arabic being used first, followed by Latin for a short period and then Cyrillic, which remains the most widely used alphabet in Tajikistan
. A related language, Judæo-Tajiki
, spoken by the Bukharan Jews
, traditionally used the Hebrew alphabet
but more often today is written using the Cyrillic variant.
As with many post-Soviet
independent states, the change in writing system
, and the debate surrounding it is closely intertwined with political themes. In simple terms, although not having been used since the adoption of Cyrillic, the Latin alphabet is supported by those who wish to bring the country closer to Uzbekistan
. The Perso-Arabic alphabet is supported by the devoutly religious, Islamists
, along with those who wish to bring the country closer to Iran
and their Persian
heritage. As the current de-facto
standard, the Cyrillic alphabet is generally supported by those who wish to maintain the......