Numerals

Numeral Map:

This map illustrates the use of Western Arabic numerals in blue (0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9) vs Eastern Arabic or Arabic-Indic numerals in orange (٠ ١ ٢ ٣ ٤ ٥ ٦ ٧ ٨ ٩) in the data from Phase 1. The city of Beirut, especially where we have a significant amount of data in the West, presents a mixture of these numeral systems. The southern highway presents mixed usage as well as the northern coast in Kesrouan. Striking is the total lack of Eastern Arabic numerals in our data for the Qada’ Metn (the northern suburbs of Beirut).