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What numeral system is on this Hyderabad banknote?

This is really an extremely interesting question that made me make a little investigation and with the help of @fdb I learned about the unique Siyaq (Arabic سياق siyāq ‘order’) numerical system I had ...
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Why are Urdu and Shahmukhi perceived as separate scripts?

From a global point of view, neither Urdu nor Shahmukhi are considered separate scripts, they are just instances of the Arabic Script. This point of view is taken by international standards such as ...
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"h" in Sindhi - ھ vs ہ

Did you say different? My browser renders those "different" examples identically: They are definitely encoded differently, because a search for ه will only highlight one of the two: So ...
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Which languages influenced the Hindustani language spoken in India as of today other than the West Asian languages?

The Hindustani language is Hindi-Urdu dialect continuum. It is derived regularly from older stages of Indo-Aryan (like Sanskrit). You have already noted the influence of Persian (which was a major one ...
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Is there any word in other languages that begins with the urdu alphabet ṛē (ڑ‎)?

In Pashto (Indo-Iranian), the word for ‘blind’ does begin with /ɽ/ and is also written with ‘ڑ’ in some scripts, though most widely accepted scripts use ړ. blind: [ɽʉ̃n] (it's also pronounced with [ɻ]...
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Which languages influenced the Hindustani language spoken in India as of today other than the West Asian languages?

The problem with your question is that you are assuming that Hindustani was “spoken in India before any West Asians invaded it”. The fact is that Hindi/Urdu does not emerge as specific language before ...
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Is there any word in other languages that begins with the urdu alphabet ṛē (ڑ‎)?

Augmenting @JoyfulSadness's answer, assuming ړ as the corresponding Pashto phoneme for Urdu's ڑ, here are couple of Pashto words: ړومبی (dialectal form of لومړی), and ړوند. In Sindhi & Shina Abjad,...
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Why are Urdu and Shahmukhi perceived as separate scripts?

The existing responses do not really answer your question, so I will try. Urdu orthography does constitute a different script than "standard" Arabic script as it includes a number of ...
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Do Urdu Numerals belong to the Persian Script?

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) ...
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What numeral system is on this Hyderabad banknote?

This is a very interesting question. The numbers at the top of the columns on this note, and the other three helpfully supplied by Yellow Sky, are heavily stylised Persian or Arabic words: “Five” is ...
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Which languages influenced the Hindustani language spoken in India as of today other than the West Asian languages?

The perhaps obvious answer, if we speak of the ancestors of today's Indic languages relative to other Indo-Iranian and Indo-European languages, is that they were greatly influenced by the languages ...
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Why are Urdu and Shahmukhi perceived as separate scripts?

The term "script" is used in many different ways. Unicode defines "script" as A collection of letters and other written signs used to represent textual information in one or more ...
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Would it be correct to replace ۃ with ہ in Urdu?

I don't believe Arabic ۃ is ever replaced with ط (t̤oʼē) in Urdu. Arabic ۃ is usually replaced with ہ (gōl hē) with the exception of a few well-known terms, such as: صلوٰۃ زکوٰۃ. Examples of Arabic ...
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Do Urdu Numerals belong to the Persian Script?

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 ...
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