Arabic Script: February 2009 Archives

Some Arabic Script Fonts


One set of fonts I didn't have a chance to include in last week's font wrap are Arabic script fonts. When discussing Arabic script fonts, it's important to note which language or region a font has a been design for because the requirements for writing Arabic versus Persian versus Urdu and so forth can vary (just as they do for English vs. German).

I should also comment that I am not an Arabic script typography expert, but these fonts are recommended by reliable sources. So with that warning:


Persian (Iran)

Urdu & Sindhi (Pakistan/India)

Pashto (Afghanistan)

Uighur and Central Asian Turkic

I also generally recommend Gallery of Unicode fonts which is a Unicode font directory. The Web master very helpfully splits many of the fonts into separate language pages.


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