Avestan alphabet

The Avestan alphabet (Middle Persian: transliteration: dyn' dpywryh, transcription: dēn dēbīrē, Persian: دین دبیره, romanized: din dabire) is a writing system developed during Iran's Sasanian era (226651 CE) to render the Avestan language.

Script type
Time period
4001000 CE
Directionright-to-left script 
LanguagesAvestan language, Middle Persian
Related scripts
Parent systems
ISO 15924
ISO 15924Avst (134), Avestan
Unicode alias
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As a side effect of its development, the script was also used for Pazend, a method of writing Middle Persian that was used primarily for the Zend commentaries on the texts of the Avesta. In the texts of Zoroastrian tradition, the alphabet is referred to as "the religion's script" (dēn dibīrih in Middle Persian and din dabireh in New Persian).

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