Iraqi Sign Language
لغة الإشارة العراقية
Native toIraq
Arab sign-language family
Language codes
ISO 639-3None (mis)

Iraqi Sign Language (Arabic: لغة الإشارة العراقية, romanizedluḡa al-išāra al-ʿIrāqiyya) is the deaf sign language of Iraq. It appears to be close to Levantine Arabic Sign Language the common sign language of Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Jordan.[1] It is taught in seven schools or deaf associations in the capital of Baghdad and 5 other cities.[2]

Related Sign Languages

In research done on Jordanian Sign Language, word lists from Baghdad were collected and compared to sign language from five other countries. It was found to have over 50% lexical similarities with the sign languages of Jordan and Syria[3]

See also


  1. ^ Zeshan, Ulrike (2011-05-30), "Sign Languages", Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Brill, retrieved 2022-10-17
  2. ^ "Demographic Information On Sign Languages Around the World: Field Survey Notes" (PDF). SIL International. 2007–021.
  3. ^ Hendriks, Hermina Berndina. "Jordanian Sign Language: Aspects of grammar from a cross-linguistic perspective" (PDF). LOT.