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Arabic Font Specimen Book

The Arabic Font Specimen book is finally published and available!
Good news for all of you who have been patiently waiting.

To order your copy or browse through the book visit Khatt Books site or click here.

Author: Edo Smitshuijzen
Published by Uitgeverij De Buitenkant. Amsterdam. 2009
Blind & Gilt-stamped grey cloth with dust wrapper 656 pages, 3 coloured book-marks
Text output: Thesis - Luc(as) de Groot
Basic typographic design & text-editing: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares
Illustrations/layout and cover design: Edo Smitshuijzen
Limited edition
Price: € 150.00

Arabic typography exists in a universe of extremes: considered as holy by some, frightening by others, but more often painfully neglected. It is mysterious and elusive but also an unmistakable cultural icon. Based on the world's richest calligraphic traditions, it has become today a technological challenge for font designers. This first of its kind book, which was long overdue, is also extreme in its thorough covering of all aspects relating to contemporary Arabic fonts. It is book is a must have for everyone working with Arabic type or interested in complex typography and scripts.

AFSB pages small.jpg - Spread from the introductory pages

The Arabic Font Specimen Book is the first thorough overview of Arabic type available on the market. Though Arabic has a rich calligraphic tradition, its typographic one pales in comparison. There was little documentation about Arabic fonts, making it difficult to find the design or production source of the fonts offered on the market and/or their technical specifications.

The goal of this book is to give adequate help in selecting Arabic fonts for use in print and other media. It provides information ranging from historical essays on the development of the designs and related technologies, to guidelines for the design and use of dual-script (Latin & Arabic) fonts in various design applications.

Each type specimen has concise information about its designers, technical specs and manufacturers. Text fonts are shown in the size and the format that corresponds with three archetypical applications: one sample in display size, one sample in an average text size, and one in a very small size used for captions or business forms. Fonts that are only suitable for display text are shown solely in the display option. These samples cover the use of Arabic fonts in print. Though nowadays text is also produced to be read from computer screens, the appearance of a font under these circumstances can be best judged on the final display. However it is safe to assume that a font that is legible at very small sizes, will also be legible when used on low resolution computer screens.

If you're interested in purchasing the Arabic Font Specimen book, as a member of the Khatt Network for Arabic typography, we can secure for you a price discount from the publisher. Just contact Edo Smitshuijzen directly about this.

Comments (28)

interested in purchasing the book Arabic Type Specimen book

i really am!

Nathalie Fallaha
11 Aug 2007, 12:33

I want the book!!

I am doing my research for my thesis year in arabic type design, I would LOVE to have this book

fatima al bustani
16 Aug 2007, 13:15

I need it!

Looking forward to owning a copy

ahmed alfank
9 Oct 2007, 20:45

Arabic Type Specimen Book

I would like to have the book. Can you please inform me when it is available?

Thanks in advance!

Albert-Jan Pool
30 Oct 2007, 12:56

Arabic Type Specimen

I am interested too

Elie Abou Jamra
22 Nov 2007, 8:46


I need IT !!

Khalid Osman
25 Nov 2007, 13:10

Arabic Type Specimen

Khalid Osman, 25 Nov 07, 13:10
I Love IT !!

Khalid Osman
25 Nov 2007, 13:47

Arabic Type Specimen

I'm interested in having a copy!

Najla Al Bassam
14 Jan 2008, 12:09

me! me! me!

I would love to lay my hands on a copy! When will it be released?

Omar Al-Zo'bi
22 Jan 2008, 3:27


It is a wonderful idea! When will it be released?

Hassân Almohtasib
10 Jun 2008, 2:11

question about book

I am also interested in buying this book!
When will it be available?


Nina Zidani-Hathout
17 Aug 2008, 21:51

So am I

Is there a confirmed date on publication?

3 Nov 2008, 19:26

release date?

any more info's about this publication?

29 Mar 2009, 14:28

Re: interested in purchasing the book Arabic Type Specimen book

Nathalie Fallaha, 11 Aug 07, 12:33
i really am!

25 Apr 2009, 9:03

Quantity vs. Quality

It seems the book price is affected by number of pages;
though I hope the number of pages display font qualities of which Arabic typography yearn for long.

27 Apr 2009, 19:10


The first comments are from over one and a half years ago. That must have been a lot of work. looks beautiful!

10 May 2009, 21:52

louzoumiyaat raai3ah fi 3aSrina al-mu3awlam

will be required textbook in all beginning Arabic classes that I find myself teaching.

11 May 2009, 2:31

Thank you for the notice.

I recieved you email about the launch of this much awaited BIBLE,
I ordered my copy.

13 May 2009, 10:13


I'll definitely get that book!

17 May 2009, 16:35

gtting book

iam intersting to .. how we can get it ?!

Thank you .. LOvely Site .. Really love it ..


Unique ...

31 May 2009, 17:30

it sounds great

12 Jul 2009, 7:30

i got the book...

and it's really up to the promise. an exquisite collection of all one needs to know, know of, about arabic type. i recommend it to all type aficionados!

13 Jul 2009, 8:51

where from?

where did u get it from Nathalie?!?

13 Jul 2009, 10:57

how to get the book

send an email/request to Edo Smitshuijzen, his email is above on this page, he will send you the details of how to get a copy.

14 Jul 2009, 15:12


oh! thanks alot!

14 Jul 2009, 16:32


any one have any idea where can i find a copy in cairo, egypt?

29 Aug 2009, 20:22

Re: No copies distributd in Cairo

Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares, 17 Oct 09, 12:33
but you can always order it drectly by writing to the publisher and they can
deliver directly to you in Cairo

7 Jan 2010, 20:18

need need need

I need IT ..

28 Jan 2010, 12:46

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