The Sharjastani script was conceived in 2008 by UC Berkeley student, Sharja Khan, as an alternative script for writing Arabic and can be adapted to any language that uses the Arabic alphabet. The concept of writing vertically originated primarily out of convenience, as he found it more practical for taking class notes in the vertical margins of textbooks and printed documents. While the letters themselves are only slight deviations from their Arabic originals, the overall style of the script was artistically influenced by Mongolian calligraphy, as well as the ancient Sogdian and Uyghur scripts. After years of stylistic evolution, it was officially proclaimed as the state script of the Sultanate of Sharjastan, a fictional nation of ambiguous Middle Eastern and Central Asian culture founded by Sharja in 2010.
Yūladu jamī'u n-nāsi aḥrāran mutasāwīna fī l-karāmati wa-l-ḥuqūq. Wa-qad wuhibū 'aqlan wa-ḍamīran wa-'alayhim an yu'āmila ba'ḍuhum ba'ḍan bi-rūḥi l-ikhā'.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
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