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The name is a contraction of the Persian naskh-i taʿlîq which contains the element naskh "to copy a manuscript" and taʿlîq "to slant", connected by the conjunction -i. The name could be paraphrased as "cursive for manuscripts".
Nastaliq is a simplified derivative of historical, pre-typographic naskh. It retains all the connection rules characteristic of pre-typographic Arabic, be it that they are considerably less complex than those of pre-typographic naskh.
From a purely Western typographical perspective, nastaliq is considered to be "very complex". Ironically and apparently paradoxically, the first accurate metal typeface produced in the Arabic-scripted world - using Western typographic technology - was based on nastaliq.