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- proper n. An alphabetic script used by some Berber peoples, notably the Tuareg, to write their language.
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I have heard multiple people from the Sousse describe the attempt to teach Tamazight and promote Tifinagh as a “conspiracy” to keep already debilitated Berber communities as they are.
The article, which outlines the educational options for learning and studying the language, and adds insight into the development of the Tifinagh alphabet, prompted a variety of posts.
Kal, a commenter on the post (and the blogger behind The Moor Next Door), shares anecdotes heard in rural Morocco as to the teaching of Tifinagh:
As I know from my friend Hayat, who is Algerian, the Touareg do not speak Arabic, they speak Tifinagh, their own language.
Here's Tifinagh, in Hapax Berbère, one of two fonts (the other, Hapax Touareg, is also available in a form with mirrored glyphs) available from Patrick Andries (note: site is in French).
In addition, this version adds many CJK Unified Ideographs in common use in China, Taiwan, and Japan,as well as characters for African language support, including extensions to the Tifinagh, Ethiopic,and Bamum scripts.
The Tuareg pre-date the introduction of Islam and speak a Berber language, Tamasheq, related to ancient Egyptian, with an equally ancient alphabet and script known as Tifinagh.