The Universal Persian
(UniPers) alphabet was created over 50 years ago in Iran.
The original creators are not known, but one of its champions
was the late Mr. Mohamad Keyvan. He funded the publication
of several language textbooks for foreigners in this new alphabet.
His vision and that of many others who have advocated a new
alphabet for Persian was twofold:
- To eradicate illiteracy and to elevate the education
levels of all Iranian citizens.
- To make reading and writing of Persian available to
all non-Persian speaking people.
Of-course the idea of introducing a new Latin-based alphabet
for Persian goes back over 100 years to scholars like Akhunzadeh,
and much later to Sadegh Hedayat and others. Ever since Akhundzadeh,
the topic of changing the Persian alphabet had lingered on
through thick and thin. Many debates had occurred, enumerating
the pros and cons of the switch from the current Perso-Arabic
to a Latin-based alphabet. Since the past 25 years, until
a few years ago, the debate had almost vanished completely.
Yet, the issues and problems surrounding the Perso-Arabic
alphabet had remained. The minuscule token reforms had not
produced any measurable difference in making Perso-Arabic
a more suitable alphabet for Persian. But a few years ago,
a revolution took place that again brought the issue of the
Persian alphabet to the forefront. That revolution was none
other than the advent of the Internet and the Information
The new technology of information exchange and the Internet
have shed new light and raised new questions on the suitability
of the Perso-Arabic alphabet for the Persian language. Not
only the old mundane problems that could have been ignored,
can no longer be put off, but modern problems have risen that
require our attention. That is why Dr. Zurvan, the originator
of the Website: Iranian
Languages & Scripts, seized the opportunity to create
this new site: UniPers.com to promote UniPers
as a modern tailor-made alphabet for the Persian language
that remains true to the vision of its creators.
The vision for creating the UniPers.com site is as
- To make the time come for a new alphabet that serves
the Persian language in every way.
- To encourage debate and dialog among all interested
- To introduce UniPers as a practical alternative to
Perso-Arabic and other forms of writing for Persian.
- To become a stepping stone for future projects that
would expand the horizons for utilizing UniPers.
Finally, UniPers is created to bring the Persian language
out of the dark ages and into the modern world where it deserves
to enjoy a high status. UniPers should truly be called: A
21st Century Alphabet for the Persian Language.