Is it possibly the Khwarezmian script, used for a now-extinct Eastern Iranian language that was spoken in the Oxus (Amu Darya) river delta? This region in Central Asia is known in the Avesta as hvâirizem (Yašt 10.5.14). It is called خوارزم xvārazm in classical Persian, which is transcribed as ‘Khwarezm’ in English. The Greeks knew it as Χορασμία, and this hellenic form entered the English lexicon as ‘Chorasmia’. The territory lies across portions of present-day Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan. The script probably developed from the Imperial Aramaic used around the Aral Sea and Oxus river delta. It evolved into a ‘cursive’ script by the 9th century. Similar to its sister Sogdian, which was used along the Silk Road.


On Tue, Jul 14, 2020 at 10:39 AM Birgit Kellner via INDOLOGY <> wrote:
Dear colleagues,

a colleague from the Academy sent me the attached image with a script
they can't identify. This is a page from a 17th century marriage
register from  the western parts of today's Austria. The Latin text on
the page refers to a classical bible passage for the instruction of
married couples (Ephesians 5:29). The mysterious script is not Semitic
or Slawic, not Georgian or Armenian, not Coptic or some ancient
derivative of the Greek alphabet.

Does anyone have an idea? I suppose it's not exactly the right question
for Indologists, but given the wide range of expertise among the
subscribers to this list, I'd thought I'd give it a try.

Many thanks in advance, and best regards,

Birgit Kellner

Prof. Dr. Birgit Kellner
Institut für Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte Asiens
Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Hollandstraße 11-13/2
1020 Wien

Institute for Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia
Austrian Academy of Sciences
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1020 Vienna

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