One of the most advanced and most beautiful Arabic OT Naskh fonts

Zuhair Albazi's picture

Hello Typophiles,
After my first Arabic font " Adobe Naskh ", please check out my second Arabic font, with very special features.

Zuhair Albazi Naskh is the most advanced OpenType Arabic typeface ever created, based on Ottoman manuscript. This unique typeface contains an unmatched range of features known from the Arabic script. It is not merely a font but an ultimate typesetting and design tool for the Arabic script in classic Naskh style, with letters variants and calligraphic styles, specifically developed to take advantage of the extensive functionality for Naskh Arabic typography. The typeface consists of extreme typographic richness and full Unicode support while giving access to the special features of Naskh style. It faithfully captures the historical Naskh as it evolved from practical calligraphy into the best legible Arabic typography ever designed.

This high-end Arabic typeface is particularly well suited for traditional book typography. The font provides fine typographic control by marrying the latest OpenType technology to traditional calligraphic and typographic models. It contains over 3700 Arabic glyphs, including contextual alternates for letters and marks and language-specific forms. The high quality typeface is character based, almost free of ligatures, as only 9 ligatures are included in 3700 Arabic glyphs. Extra care was taken in the design of all outlines. The graceful curves, rounded terminals, and the contrast between thick and thin strokes are consistent and lively throughout the typeface providing all the correct calligraphic shapes for quality Arabic Naskh.

Some Key features of the typeface:

• Control to use different shape alternates for words to achieve the dissimilation of the same letter through variations and to open up new creative possibilities for advertising, front pages, greeting and business cards.

• Control to use different shape alternates for marks also like dammatan, fatahatan, kasratan etc.

• Control to adjust space between words, normal spacing or condensed Naskh spacing.

• Beautiful swashes (elongated letters) for all words.

• Calligraphic Naskh kashida (Tatweel) upto three levels of elongations, so the Kashida distribution and frequence can be precisely controlled to create Arabic calligraphic documents without a calligrapher.

• Accurate marks positioning, horizontally centered, slightly above or below the letters, neither touching the letters nor colliding with adjacent marks.

• Control to adjust the marks placement on letters, normal close marks or distant marks.

• Thousands of kerning pairs for the fine adjustment of letters specially after Raa, Zaa, Waw and before Kaaf.

• Special characters for modern and classic Arabic, such as Qur’anic punctuation and Tajweed marks.

• Proportional and tabular numerals.

• Full Unicode support.

• Suitable for any kind of cultural text, from religious to poetic and literary, to create sophisticated Arabic literary and academic books. Also suitable for large text sizes.

The typeface has two styles Regular and Bold.

Download the Font Brochure in pdf format to view the font and its features in detail.
http://www.mediafire.com/?9nnj64xb1vfaqve

Khaldoun's picture

Hi all,

Sorry for the inconvenience. I would have a simple question. How is it possible to get this font ? Is it possible to buy it or to get a license to use it ?

Thank you very much for your responses !

jawadkhan's picture

Is this font available for sale now?

mateen ahmad's picture

السلام علیکم
یہ فونٹس کہاں سے دستیاب ہو سکتے ہیں؟
سید متین احمد شاہ

moiz217's picture

Hello Zuhair Albazi,

I found Adobe Naskh font very interesting and professional in more then one aspect.
Namely, the automatic kashida feature is really unique. When used with Naskh justification it automatically inserts kashida characters wherever needed.

I request you to shed some light on the implementation details.

Thanks and regards.

Zuhair Albazi's picture

@Mateen Ahmad, Khaldoun and Jawad Khan
The font is not ready till yet. I hope to get it ready soon Inshallah.

@moiz
These are justification alternates applied through jalt feature.

The font brochure download number has passed above 300. Thanks to all for appreciating the font.

Thanks,

moiz217's picture

Thanks Zuhair for replying.

I had tried this feature, but it does not work in my font as it does in Adobe Naskh. Especially in ligatures like "في" and "لي" which occur frequently in Arabic text.

I request you to post some screenshots of the jalt feature, if possible.

Many thanks and regards.

Zuhair Albazi's picture

@moiz

These are simple substitution lookups applied through jalt feature like

fehyeh.liga -> fehyeh.liga.swash

Also try placing the jalt lookup after the في ligature lookup in the lookup list.

thanks

Zeeshan Nasar's picture

great work mr Zuhair Albazi...!
I am also working on a Nastalique Font Mher Nastaleeq consisting of calligraphy of My Father Nasrullah Mher...! I will post my work here for your kind consideration.

Zuhair Albazi's picture

Unbelievable!!!!

The font brochure download has passed above 500.

On a single forum (Typophile only) it seems quite a high value of likeness by all the visitors, specially in case of an Arabic font.

Thanks to all.

hamad's picture

if we can only try it

Zuhair Albazi's picture

Sample of the font with completely revised new marks adjustment.

AzizMostafa's picture

The bottom line begins with a poorly-kerned word. Make R snuggle (o)!
http://typophile.com/node/19609

Zuhair Albazi's picture

@Aziz Mostafa
I hope now you will like it.

Thanks,

RuKind's picture

السلام علیکم
یہ فونٹس کہاں سے دستیاب ہو سکتے ہیں؟
rukind@hotmail.com
جواد خان

Zuhair Albazi's picture

Update:
Some new beautiful and remarkable features added. For example for the first time an Arabic font containing two types of swashes.

Full Volt project of the font (Regular and Bold styles) is rewritten in a higher professional way with great improvements in font functionality. Specially the font speed is increased to a much much higher extent. Font working very smoothly in InDesign, MS Word, Notepad and other Windows applications without any issue.

Completely revised new marks placement for a much better look in smaller document size text.

Some other optimizations are still in progress.

Thanks,
MZ

talipaltas's picture

I hope it will be better than Adobe Naskh.
Do you plan any date of sharing this font? When we can buy or download your new font?

hrant's picture

I notice that you are in Turkey. I'm curious, what kinds of things is Arabic typesetting used for in Turkey these days?

hhp

talipaltas's picture

I use Arabic typesetting for my amateur works. Qur'an and tajweed in some brochures, handbooks.

AzizMostafa's picture

Hrant > I'm curious, what kinds of things is Arabic typesetting used for in Turkey these days?
Talipaltas >... for my amateur works. Qur'an and tajweed in some brochures, handbooks.

Too late for Turkey + Malaysia to go back to Arabic typesetting?! Had they known?!
http://typophile.com/node/74436

hrant's picture

I don't think it would be a good idea for Turkish to revert back to Arabic, mostly because as an Altaic language it relies heavily on vowels, while Arabic is built for consonantal rendering. However -as I opined in my talk at ISType in 2012*- it would be beautiful and in fact culturally functional if Turkish type designers would inject some Arabic flavor into their Latin designs.

* http://typophile.com/node/91821
Make some qahwa and watch the video.

hhp

Zuhair Albazi's picture

Wow!!!!

The font brochure download has passed above 750.

Thanks for appreciating,
Z.

thetypographist's picture

Arabic is always a pleasure for the eyes. You did a great job.
Regards,
Florian
thetypographist

saleem Ali's picture

Dear Zuhair albazi,

Your font is very fine and good looking, It best features are spacing control and substitute.
This font is distinguish from other font. You deserved appreciation. I hope you fonts designs in future will be new great and innovative.

Please, elaborate more features of your work in screen shot, so it can be more inspiring for new comers.

Regards,
Saleem Ali Ghalib

moiz217's picture

Thanks Zuhair for the tip about JALT feature.

Today I took out some time to implement it, and got it working in no time.

Working like a charm.

Thanks and regards.

Zuhair Albazi's picture

Update:

All outlines of the font for regular and bold styles are manually optimized. Each style consists of about 4000 glyphs so it took quite long time to optimize all the 8000 glyphs of both styles.

Now, technically, all the outlines are in excellent shape.

Thanks,

Zuhair Albazi's picture

New updates coming soon. . . .

Zuhair Albazi's picture

New Update:

Two new Styles have been added. Now the complete font family consists of 4 fonts:

  • Zuhair Albazi Display Naskh (Regular)
  • Zuhair Albazi Display Naskh (Bold)
  • Zuhair Albazi Text Naskh (Regular)
  • Zuhair Albazi Text Naskh (Bold)

Zuhair Albazi Text Naskh is for smaller document level texts i.e. for texts below 19 point size while Zuhair Albazi Display Naskh is for 19 and above sizes and for headings. So it is the first ever size specific Arabic Naskh font created.

Thanks,
M.Z.

quadibloc's picture

I don't think it would be a good idea for Turkish to revert back to Arabic, mostly because as an Altaic language it relies heavily on vowels, while Arabic is built for consonantal rendering.

That is a very good point. But since Turkey is an Islamic country, while they use the Latin alphabet to write Turkish, they also read the Qu'ran. While Ahmadiyya Muslims, for example (a Muslim denomination regarded by many Muslims the same way as many Christians look at Mormons, Christian Scientists, or Seventh-Day Adventists) have no problem with translating the Qu'ran into other languages, mainstream Sunni and Shi'a Muslims both have varying degrees of discomfort with translations.

So typefaces for the Arabic script will continue to be useful in Turkey for a long time.

AzizMostafa's picture

Quadibloc > But since Turkey is an Islamic country, while they use the Latin alphabet to write Turkish, they also read the Qu'ran.

@ Islamic Republic of Turkey?! Grandparents used Latin alphabet?! Read @ digest (5:82) in Qu'ran?!

hrant's picture

John, agreed.

hhp

Bahman Eslami's picture

@zuhair: So it is the first ever size specific Arabic Naskh font created.

The feature you are referring to is called optical sizes and there has been an arabic typeface for this purpose before. Just google arabic typeface with optical sizes.

Vladimir Tamari's picture

Dear Zuhair
When seeking help with volting for my simplified Arabic font in the past months you very kindly and patiently offered me excellent advice for which I was duly grateful. http://typophile.com/node/114768 Little did I know I was being helped by a true master! I was not aware of the font you were developing and today I chanced on this thread and downloaded the pdf. What a splendid naskh font you have created.
ما شاء الله it is so harmonious and elegant and readable. Congratulations and I hope you will finish the project and release it for the appreciation of the world soon.
Best wishes
Vladimir

quadibloc's picture

@Aziz Mostafa:
Islamic Republic of Turkey?!

I am aware that secularism has been a characteristic of the Turkish political system ever since Kemal Atatürk.

When I said that Turkey was an Islamic country, I simply meant it in the same way that I would say that the United States is a Christian country, or Italy or Mexico (which, unlike the United States, both have anticlerical laws similar to Turkey's) are Roman Catholic countries - the majority of people there subscribe to those faiths.

Maybe I should have said that Turkey was a Muslim country, but I had thought I had read somewhere that using "Muslim" in that fashion was incorrect usage, and Islamic is supposed to be used instead with the same meaning - most of the people there are Muslims - rather than Islamic carrying the different meaning, which I did not intend, that Shari'a is the law of the land in Turkey.

I may be mistaken about conditions on the ground in Turkey, but I suspect that changing Turkish to the Latin alphabet, so that Turks would find it easier to learn French, German, or English and thus turn more towards the West, meant extra effort for the Turkish people, because they would still learn the Arabic script as well for the reasons outlined in my earlier post.

As for the 82nd verse of the 5th Sura, I don't know what to say. The United States, although Christian, is not Roman Catholic, and the Protestants there, therefore, both lack priests and monks among them, and - in the opinion even of many of the Christian people of Europe - are known to manifest arrogance at times. Thus, if anything, it seems to defend anti-Americanism from the charge of being un-Islamic.

hrant's picture

Islamic, Muslim, tomãto, tomāto. :-) Turkey is much more Muslim than the US is Christian – your point stands irrespective of technicalities. BTW in terms of effort, do note that Turkey was 80% illiterate at the time of Atatürk.

hhp

Zuhair Albazi's picture

Thank you Vladimir for you kind best wishes and for so much liking the font. I am confident that this font will have a great impact on the future Arabic fonts, specially on future Naskh fonts and it will set some new standards. I have observed that this font has already affected some very big names in the type designing though I would not like to mention their names. But it is a good thing for a designer that his work is liked and being followed even by the top experts.

@Bahman,

there has been an arabic typeface for this purpose before. Just google arabic typeface with optical sizes.

I think you are referencing to your font but you did not give your views about my unique font nor did you admire it so I will also not give here my admiring views about your beautiful nice Harir typeface!
It was obvious from the images and the complete thread of my font that it is a true calligraphic Naskh font and I was talking in this regard but I should have mentioned it in the quote. I think now the quote will be correct.

So Zuhair Albazi Naskh is the first size specific calligraphic Naskh font ever created.

Thanks,

Bahman Eslami's picture

@Zuhair
Long ago we created a page on facebook (persian type design) and with your first post about your typeface we posted a topic about it.
I try not to talk too much about something that is obvious. Of course it's unique and I admire your work; especially how you created cursive kashidas available in this elegant way. Cheers!

Vladimir Tamari's picture

Concerning Turkey's abandoning Arabic script (and for all intents and purposes, type), I was told by an Ottoman scholar that this has made access to much of their pre-1917 literature and historical documents inaccessible to ordinary Turks.

Zuhair Albazi's picture

@Bahman,

Thank you for liking the font. I was not aware of your Persian type design page on Facebook as I do not use Facebook but thank you for posting a topic about this font.

There is a forum named as Iranian Macintosh User Group on the net that published much detail about my font and how it was created. Here is a link to that page
Zuhair Albazi Naskh on Iranian Macintosh User Group
The original Q&A are in English. They have translated all those details to Persian language for the their users. I thought it may be a thing of interest for some Typophile users so mentioned it here.

@Vladimir
You have mentioned a great point. Now I agree with Aziz Mostafa that it has already been too late for Turkey and Malaysia to go back to Arabic typesetting. I think now their is no way for Hrant to disagree at any angle as it would be the worst damage in the life of a nation that their common people forget their history and lose it at all.

Thanks,

AzizMostafa's picture

Zuhair Albazi > worst damage in the life of a nation that their common people forget their history and lose it at all.

@ Amok done to the Muslim nations through the false flags of Secularism + Nationalism before + DemocraZy today, by those who backed + still backing the treacherous.

> it has already been too late for Turkey and Malaysia to go back to Arabic.

@ Islamic awakening will bring back Arabic Alphabet as long as the Glorious Quran @ Arabic Calligraphy is there. Better late than never?!
According to http://www.jawiware.org/, Latin was accepted not before 1965 and here is a poster to persuade Malaysian citizens to join the army.
http://www.malaysiadesignarchive.org/poster-berkhidmatlah-kepada-tanah-air/
Illustrated by Hossein Enas in 1951

quadibloc's picture

@Aziz Mostafa
If secularism and democracy are false flags, then how will non-Muslims who are minorities within majority-Muslim countries enjoy equality?

Since in many majority-Muslim countries, non-Muslims are treated differently than Muslims by the legal system:

- penalties, including the death penalty, are imposed for a Muslim converting to another faith;
- the testimony of a non-Muslim is not accorded the same weight in a court of law as that of a Muslim;
- blasphemy (against Islam only) is punishable by law;
- permission is required to build a church or repair one of a sort not required for building or repairing a mosque;

many people have assumed that these things are actually a part of Shari'a, or Islamic Law, and not merely isolated perversions of Islam that have appeared in some places. And that in any case, whether they are part of "true Islam", whatever it might be or not, that such things would be likely to exist under any regime in the Muslim world calling itself Islamic, whereas they do not exist in secular and democratic nations like the United States with its First Amendment.

AzizMostafa's picture

> If secularism and democracy are false flags, then how will non-Muslims who are minorities within majority-Muslim countries enjoy equality?

@ Non-Muslims are free to perform their religious rites and ceremonies, and to act according to their own canon in matters of personal affairs and religious education.

> penalties, including the death penalty, are imposed for a Muslim converting to another faith;

@ Convert to another faith and run amok? Answered here: http://typophile.com/node/96179?page=#comment-522069

> the testimony of a non-Muslim is not accorded the same weight in a court of law as that of a Muslim;

@ Simply because the non-Muslim does not accept the Islamic punishment (As for those who accuse honorable women and do not bring four witnesses, strike them eighty lashes, and never accept any testimony from them after that, and they are transgressors) the Glorious Quran (24:4)

> blasphemy (against Islam only) is punishable by law;
@ blasphemy (against All faiths) is punishable by law;

> permission is required to build a church or repair one of a sort not required for building or repairing a mosque;

@ permission is granted to build/repair a church in majority-Christian area, and
@ permission is granted to build/repair a temple in majority-Jew area.

hrant's picture

how will non-Muslims who are minorities within majority-Muslim countries enjoy equality?

It is exactly Democracy that cannot ensure the long-term well-being of minorities. For proof, see the current emergence of the far-right in Europe.

hhp

Zuhair Albazi's picture

Update with a good news.

The font brochure download has passed above 1600.

It is really amazing.

Thanks to all Typophiles for appreciating the font,
Z.A.

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