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Why is the final alif maksura of Habibullaah Kalakaani read as a ya? If so, then why doesn't it have two dots beneath, or is the transcription wrong?

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    In so far as this question also concerns Persian, Urdu etc. I think it is fine here.
    – fdb
    Oct 5, 2016 at 15:10

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In some Arab countries (e.g. Egypt) final ى is written without any dots, regardless of whether it is pronounced /ī/ or /ā/. This is also the spelling convention for Persian and Urdu. But in some Arab countries (e.g. Syria and Lebanon) it is usual to write ي if it is pronounced /ī/ and ى if it is pronounced /ā/. Usage is not standardised.

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  • More guessing work for uneducated readers. Thank you for your answer. Oct 5, 2016 at 10:25

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