Arabic Typography & Type Design

Hello Typophiles,

I am a frequent reader of the Typophile forums, but this is my first post.

I have an Urdu book, the back cover of which has some lines of text set in a peculiar nastaleeq font (see the image below). I remember when I was a kid (early 90's), I used to read a children's magazine that also utilized this font for typesetting its stories. Reading around the Web (and the Typophile forums), I have come to believe that this font may be Linotype Qalmi, the font designed by Tim Holloway.

Can any of you confirm if my guess is correct? If not, can anyone identify which font this really is?

Hello friends. After a hiatus of about a year (cataracts operations restored vision, and the Japan earthquake survived!) I am back here on these Typophile Arabic Forums that I had the pleasure to help initiate with colleagues.

I am a bit puzzled about the behavior of some Arabic fonts on the Mac and how to generate Arabic fonts that work properly on OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and using the Arabic (QWERTY) input method. Here are some questions:

I have two projects right now that call for a solid Arabic font, and am having trouble finding a solution. It may be two separate fonts or one that does it all.

I would like to learn how to create Arabic fonts using ADFKO. can any one help me with resources when I can start from.

Appreciate your help in this

We are proud to release a new Arabic Font “Maghrebi Djadid”, designed by our colleague Djadeli Zein Alabedeen (Algeria) in 2009.

Maghrebi Djadid find its inspirations from the pure traditional heritage of the Arabic script in North Africa.

Technical info:
Name: Djadli_MaghrebiDjadid
Format: ttf

This font is free for the non-commercial use. If you would like to license it for any commercial use, please contact the designer: aratypo [@at] gmail . com


This release is to wish you a Happy Eid al-ADHA.

I'm hoping Thomas Milo or someone at Winsoft sees this.

I purchased the whole Adobe Web Premium CS3 ME suite a few years ago. At the same time, I bought InDesign CS3 by itself. This included the Tasmeem plugin. It gave me 30 days of advanced features, then it returned to a basic install. I had Tasmeem working for years, even after I upgraded my computer. I always saw the "Tasmeem" menu in InDesign.

So I just reinstalled my OS because I had some other OS issues and it's gone. I manually installed my Adobe apps. But nowhere in the installer did I see any mention of Tasmeem. I need it back as I have docs using the Emiri font in Tasmeem!

hello there,

lately, I finished making an Arabic font with tashkeel (marks),
the result is nice in adobe programs (illustrator for ex), but while testing it in notepad or wordpad the problem appeared

when i add a mark to a letter it adds a useless space, like the image below

the image is captured from wordpad
I use win xp btw

We will be glade to meet our colleagues, Typographers/Type Designers/Printing Experts in Bibliotheca Alexandrina's Fourth International Symposium for History of Printing and Publishing in the Languages and Countries of the Middle East, Alexandria, Egypt.

Five Aratypo group members are scheduled in the program with their technical contributions in Arabic Typography; four other members will be alson present to share their newly developed projects.

Tag Al-Ser Hassan\Al-Mamoun Ahmed
New Horizons for Arabic Printing Fonts: Resurrection of the Aesthetic Heritage of Arabic Calligraphy in Designing the Letters

Mohamed Hassan
The Printed Manuscript Book: A Study of the Philosophies of Printed Texts from a Manuscript Origin in Egypt in the 19th Century

Nehad Nadam

I assume that the typography is governed by different rules than calligraphy, and that the Arabic writing allows some flexibility and individuality. I observe that some of contemporary typefaces consist of elements of different historical sources, and I find it natural. But I would like to know the answer (or at least your opinions):
How is combining (of calligraphic styles, adapting solutions from one style to a typeface based on another, or [stronger] modification of certain shapes) percieved by native readers or those familiar with Arabic script?

Aratypo, 27.08.2011. For immediate release. We are glad to present Tachkili, a family of 2 fonts, designed by Jadli Zein Alabedeen (Algeria) and programmed by Zakaria Saleh (Palestine).

Tachkil means format and set-up in Arabic, and this family reflects that meaning by its dynamism and clear-cut force!

Please do not hesitate to put a comment if you find an error or you would like to add some other aspects to it.

This family is free for the non-commercial use. If you would like to license it, please contact the designer @: aratypo[@at]


Download link:

Dear all,
we have a new Riqa in dev... It is displayed in fine way within WinWord... However, it has many problems with Adobe InD...

Some ideas/solutions?

Thanking you in advance...


Mennah = Gift of God

We, at Aratypo, are glad to announce the immediate release of “Menna”, a new Arabic Suite composed from 3 fonts (light, normal & bold), designed by Abdoullah Aref (Egypt).

Mennah is designed as children writing, not following formal Arabic calligraphic rules and it is freely distributed for non-commercial use. However, if you want to use Mennah for commercial purposes, please contact the designer:

Please feel free to discuss this font or ask for adding any special feature...

Download link:


First I would apologize if I write something wrong, I'm not English and I'm learning the language.

My question is: What rules exist for Arabic typography logos? I put this example:

I don't understand the Arabic language and I don't know if the logo can be clearly read the meaning. I would like to know the function of the first lines disappear (see the beginning of the animation).

I would appreciate a little analysis of the logo and the following link:

thank you very much

Is Arabic the first cursive writing?

I think Arabic is the first Cursive, because its cursive is modified into formal writing in its writing system.


Is there anyway to fix positioning of diacritics in Nastaleeq. Normally, with changes in the glyph shapes, diacritics mess up. Avoiding their use is not always possible. Any guidance would be a favor.

Hello, my friend designer works on a corporate identity for a large client. They decided to use Georgia as the alternative typeface family for office use. Could you please recommend me a compatible Arabic typeface available as a system font on a Windows platform? Thanks.

This was lurking at the back of a catalogue of Islamic calligraphy that I picked up at Sam Fogg in London a few years ago. I hadn't noticed it until yesterday. The catalogue says it is probably Nigerian, from the early 20th Century: one page from a prayer book of 60 folios with four lines per page, all in this wonderful polychromatic style.

Arabic Graffiti book by Pascal Zoghbi to be published this week.

‘Arabic calligraphy and type design’ article by Kristyan Sarkis published on Typotheque website, showing development of the Thuraya typeface.

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Arabic Marks

In my font, letters are properly corrected. But when I use Arabic marks such as Kasre or Fathe, then these marks are very baldy positioned or they make letters get disjoint. Why this happens? Is it the glyphs that have problems or I must add some lookup to my font? I have attached a sample to show what I mean.

Salam to all members

This is my first posting but not the first visit to the forum. I have some problems to share with forum members if anyone may solve my problems. I want to write an algorihm for Arabic characters but I did not achieve the goal after trying for round about 10 hours. I will justify my problems with the help of steps (let suppose for some characters).
1. When I press a key for Arabic letter Beh (ب), its isolated form is displayed.
2. In step 2, not pressing any space, when I press another kety, say Kaf (ك), the letter Beh changes to its initial form while letter Kaf automatically changes to its final form.
3. In step 3, the step 2 is repeated untill the space button is not pressed.

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some arabic fonts

hi to all. I look for some arabic fonts.I need the names for these fonts in images, and i need arabic tughra fonts. Does anybody know names for these fonts and where I can buy or download tughra fonts? thanx in advance

You may have noticed this already, but I thought I better post it here anyway. Following the redesign of the mother-page of the BBC News, the BBC Arabic launched their redesigned website. It is probably one of the first, and certainly the biggest site yet to use webfonts – Arabic webfonts that is. It uses a custom version of Nassim by Titus Nemeth. The typeface was painstakingly optimized for screen and for web. Hinted by Thomas Grace and mastered into webfonts by Tim Ahrens.

You can read more on Titus' blog.

We will be releasing Nassim through Rosetta Type Foundry this year, see .

Few pictures:

I would like to face down the initial stroke of letters ain and hah. I know usually it's directed upwards or at least horizontal, but my design needs an exception here. Is it possible? Thanks in advance.

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