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This blog concerns itself with deciphering the text, and as will be seen, the decoding of the so-called Voynich Manuscript, MS 408 of the Beinecke Library. I don’t feel any necessity to recapitulate here on all the efforts to achieve this over the past few hundred years.

Anyway, as I first saw illustrations from the manuscript at the beginning of 2012, since I’d always been especially interested in linguistics and cryptography, I thought I ought to have a closer look. The first thing that struck me was the ornamentally-formed characters, which “instinctively” reminded me of Arabic lettering – so I began to investigate the Arabic idea. More can be read about this process here.
Despite decades of experience as a freelance system analyst, approaching this problem was a novel experience. I have to admit that without the software tools available on the internet (thanks, Mister Google), I wouldn’t have made a success of it.

My initial conclusion was that the text was derived from Arabic, but that although words could be identified, the order they were in still didn’t make any sense.

But then I was able to win the assistance of a real specialist for this project:
Ms. Salam Al Kurdi.
Due to her excellent knowledge of linguistics and of the profound religio-historical background involved, it was only she who was in a position to find the right approach to the text, interpret it and translate it. Thus, we are able to present real results here, a decryption from an Arabic text.

The content of the text will be a terrible disappointment to many who have concerned themselves for years with the manuscript: it relates to religious texts of Islamic mysticism, Sufism, in their own peculiar diction.
However, historical references can also be identified, which we expect to find more of it as the translation progresses.

At any rate, the Voynich manuscript is not a treatise on natural science, as everyone had assumed because of the illustrations. This was intentional visual camouflage, see here.

We believe that the “Arabic Solution” which is presented here will stand up to all attempts to refute it.

Joachim Dathe

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