Ibrahim al-Yaziji (Arabic ابراهيم اليازجي, Ibrahim al-Yāzijī; 1847–1906) was an Ottoman philologist, poet and journalist. He belonged to the Greek Catholic population of the Mutasarrifate of Mount Lebanon.
Yaziji's family is originally from Homs and moved before he was born in Beirut.
He was editor of several newspapers and magazines such as Nagah, Tabib, Diya, and was instructed by Jesuits to translate the Bible into Arabic. The translation, from 1876 to 1880, was published and linguistically richer than the first translation of the Protestants. It was the second Bible translation in the Arabic language. The first translation was approved by the Protestant missionaries under the leadership of the missionary Cornelius Van Dyke, the founder of the American University of Beirut in order of two Christian Lebanese writers and philologists Butrus al-Bustani and Nasif al-Yaziji. Their Bible translation appeared in 1856.
One of Yaziji's most significant innovations was the creation of a greatly simplified Arab font. By reducing Arabic character forms from 300 to 60 he simplified the symbols so that they more closely resembled Latin characters. It was a process that contributed to the creation of the Arabic typewriter.
The Bible translations of Bustāni, Nasif al-Yaziji and Ibrahim al-Yaziji were the first in modern Arabic language.
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