The letter "p" and "f" in Persian and Arabic



Nushin Namazi from Iran said; The Arabic language does not have the letter "p", and so all Persian words starting with "p" are converted to "f". For example, Fars is the Arabic version of Pars. Farsi is the Arabic version of Parsi, and so on. 

RH: So the word "farsi", the language of the Persians, must have come to us via Arabic.  George Campbell says that Arabic has a labial b but not the voiceless p.  George Sassoon comments:  Hebrew and Aramaic do not distinguish "p" and "f" in normal writing either, though there are marks called "points" which can be added.  The same goes for other
letters.



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