Do Urdu Numerals belong to the Persian Script and does Urdu use the same Unicode characters as Persian Language apart from Western Arabic numerals?

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I think I understand what you are asking. Urdu, like Persian, is written with Arabic script, with a few extra letters. The numbers are written with the Eastern form of the Arabic (originally Indian) numerals. So yes, they do use the same unicode coding.

  • not quite true. U+0660 .. U+0669 are ARABIC-INDIC DIGIT values 0 through 9, while U+06F0 .. U+06F9 are EXTENDED ARABIC-INDIC DIGIT values 0 through 9. the latter are the forms used in Urdu, I believe.
    – mobileink
    Oct 27, 2016 at 18:38
  • dang it, just reread q and a, you answered correctly. oh, there's some added info there. ;)
    – mobileink
    Oct 27, 2016 at 18:39

About Numerals, yes! Since those numerals belongs to Persian language, they are the same and even the same with Arabic except that number 4 number in Arabic which is different. Each one of these three language are in addition to be a separate language -especially about Arabic which is completely from a different language family- In written part there are several completely different characters which don't exist in the other one. (and of course Persian is not written with Arabic script, instead, Arabic is written with Persian script, There are some documentation that illustrate why (it's another topic...) look at this examples:

Urdu: In Urdu in additional to Persian letters there are 4 characters that in Persian don't exist: ے , ں, ڑ, ڈ Persian: In Persian there are 4 characters that in Arabic don't exist: پ ، ژ ، گ، چ

So it's Urdu > Persian > Arabic. And because even those similar Urdu characters often can't be understood either among Persian or Arabic people. you have to install each Unicode and language differently. I'm native Persian and speak and understand mostly Arabic and Urdu because of my studies.

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    "and of course Persian is not written with Arabic script, instead, Arabic is written with Persian script" - that is rubbish.
    – fdb
    Oct 25, 2016 at 20:41
  • Ok then, try to write these letters:
    – Armin
    Oct 25, 2016 at 20:44
  • گ ژ چ پ So, how it could be rubbish?
    – Armin
    Oct 25, 2016 at 20:45
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    Arabic script derives from Nabatean Aramaic script, not from Persian.
    – fdb
    Oct 25, 2016 at 20:49
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    unfortunately, I copied and pasted your exact words.
    – fdb
    Oct 25, 2016 at 21:06

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