Yes, I did a Google fight before asking (inshallah won), but I’m still not clear on whether the three spellings are interchangeable,or whether the spelling varies by country, by religion (Sunni vs. Shia), or the language being spoken.
I’m working on a book set in Baltistan (in Northern Pakistan). The characters are Shi’a Muslims and they speak speak Balti, but I’m rendering the majority of the dialog in English. There are certain phrases I’d like to keep in the native tongue, including “Insha’Allah.” When it comes up in dialog, how should I spell it?
Yes, I know Balti doesn’t transliterate perfectly into the Roman character set, but is there a convention to follow?