Borama script

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The Borama script is a writing script
Writing system
A writing system is a symbolic system used to represent elements or statements expressible in language.-General properties:Writing systems are distinguished from other possible symbolic communication systems in that the reader must usually understand something of the associated spoken language to...

 for the Somali language
Somali language
The Somali language is a member of the East Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family. Its nearest relatives are Afar and Oromo. Somali is the best documented of the Cushitic languages, with academic studies beginning before 1900....

. It was devised around 1933 by Sheikh Abdurahman Sheikh Nuur
Sheikh Abdurahman Sheikh Nuur
Sheikh Abdurahman Sheikh Nuur was a Somali religious leader and the inventor of the Borama script for the Somali language.-Biography:Nuur was born in Borama, Somalia to a Gadabuursi Dir family...

 of the Gadabuursi
Gadabuursi
The Gadabuursi , also known as Samaroon, is a northern Somali clan, a sub-division of the Dir.Most Gadabuursi members are descendants of Sheikh Samaroon...

 clan.

History


Though not as widely known as Osmanya, the other major writing orthography for transcribing Somali, Borama has produced a notable body of literature mainly consisting of qasida
Qasida
The qaṣīdaᵗ , in Arabic: قصيدة, plural qasā'id, قــصــائـد; in Persian: قصیده , is a form of lyric poetry that originated in preIslamic Arabia...

s.

A highly phonetically accurate writing system, the Borama script was principally used by the Sheikh and his circle of associates in his native city of Borama
Boorama
Borama , also known as Borame, is a city in the northwestern Awdal region of Somalia.The commercial seat of the province, it is situated near the border with Djibouti and Ethiopia. One of the biggest towns of the British Somaliland protectorate...

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This script is also known as the Gadabuursi script.

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