Font with Phonetic Arabic

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Dan Gibson's picture
Joined: 19 Jan 2015 - 9:10pm
Font with Phonetic Arabic

I am a historian, and not an expert in fonts, but I am frustrated. I am looking for an English font that has the equivalent phonetic letters to Arabic letters. Eg. A heavy T with a dot under it, a dhall or d with a line through it, etc. Is there a font similar to Garamond (for publishing purposes) that has all of these characters?

EG: Sa’īd Ibn Ḥusayn changes his title to Imām ’Abid Allāh al-Mahdī Billāh.

I find myself using multiple fonts to find all of the different characters I need. Is there one font that has them all? Perhaps an Arabic font that contains them? I prefer to purchase it so that I can use it regularly.

I am currently inquiring about Brills new font, which seems brilliant, but not available for commercial use... ie they do not want any competitors using it. Any suggestions anyone?

Dan Gibson

Riccardo Sartori's picture
Joined: 13 Jul 2009 - 4:20am

I don’t know if they have all the glyphs you need, but here are some of the most comprehensive typefaces I know.
Gentium: (maybe also others from SIL)
Palimpsest: (I don’t know if it’s already available, you could contact the designer:

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Joined: 18 Apr 2006 - 10:43pm
Michel Boyer's picture
Joined: 2 Jun 2007 - 1:01pm

The Google font EB_Garamond contains all the characters you need except
U+02E4   ˤ   Modifier letter small reversed glottal stop
(in case you need it).