cannot over-emphasize the benefits derived by humanity from the invention
of letters to record meanings and figures to record number. The record
of all human knowledge is effected by this valuable invention. There is
little divergence of views among historian and researchers that Arabic
and Latin alphabets are derived from one source, and that Europeans had
relied on Canaanites or Arameans in deriving the first letters of their
alphabet, which resemble in pronunciation and structure some Semitic Letters, particularly
the letters A, B, C, D, which are all known in the Semitic
researchers support the possibility that the Canaanite or Aramean letters
were gradually taken from Egyptian letters copied from ancient hieroglyphic
pictures. They believe that the table which Flanders Betri came across
in the Sinai Peninsula in 1906, contains something between the old pictographs
and the alphabetical letters published by the Canaanites and the Arameans.
They assess the age of this tablet at upward of 3500 years, when the Arameans
were living in Sinai Peninsula.
hieroglyphic pictures in Egypt may have preceded their like in other parts
of the world in view of the abundance of papyrus and writing ink in the
Nile Valley. But the Europeans did not derive them direct from the Nile
Valley as the priests were keen on concealing these secrets... When the
letters of the alphabet became in the course of time established and widespread
they moved into the vicinity of Egypt, in Sinai and on its Eastern frontiers,
where the Arameans and Canaanites had been living.
no doubt that the people of the Arabian Peninsula have the credit of inventing
that valuable means of publication and propagation, because they exported
it to the Asian and European nations. The Indians took their alphabetical
letters from Yemen, and the Greeks took theirs from the Arabs in Palestine.
The system of figure-writing came much later than the system of letter-writing.
The evaluation of the arithmetical figures dates back to the Semitic people,
who developed the Indian `numbers they had derived from the Indians after
Islam, and added to it the mark '0' (Zero) and the decimal system. Thence
forward these numbers have been known to the Europeans as «Arabic
Numerals. The word `ZERO' is a derivation from its original name.