"University of Bedfordshire professor and applied linguist Stephen Bax has decoded 10 words of the baffling Voynich Manuscript. He focused on proper names that would match the accompanying drawings, which allowed him to find similar drawings in other books of the period."
The second possible explanation that occurred to me was that the manuscript was a description of the "Paradise" described as the destination for the "faithful" in Muslim teachings.
I think it would be in Arabic if that were the case. In the early spread of Islam, a manuscript wouldn't have been created because it was all about military conquest and power consolidation in Arabia. By the time Islam was established and had its golden age of literacy, Arabic was established as the proper language for such things, right?
"I think it would be in Arabic if that were the case."
It almost appears to be a combination of western characters and Arabic..
http://www.canadianarabcommunity.com/arabiclanguag e.php [canadianar...munity.com]
compared to the "Currier's Hands" section of this page...
Arabic is also written right to left but this manuscript appears to be left to right.