a few good open-license arabic fonts

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  1. Phil R says:

    I just stumbled across this post and it’s a helpful little collection, thanks for putting it together. My main reason for writing is that the DroidSansArabic link seems to broken, and I can’t find it on any other legitimate site. Any ideas? I was also thinking you could probably add to this list Scheherazade and, hopefully within the next year or so, Ubuntu. Best wishes

  2. b says:

    Apparently the DroidSansArabic link is down because kernel.org was hacked recently. Here’s an alternate link to the font for now: DroidSansArabic.ttf.

    I didn’t include the SIL Arabic fonts (including Scheherazade) because they only seem to have shaping support for OpenType, but I suppose I should include them.

    I wasn’t aware there was an Arabic font in the works for Ubuntu. Thanks for that!

  3. Phil R says:

    Thank you for the quick response! And the working link for Droid Sans Arabic – it’s a really nice font, and fills the “sleek modern” niche in the list very well. A slight shame its lack of basic Latin, punctuation and numerals seems to throw off certain programs. I wonder if it’s possible the Droid Arabics will be merged with the main Droid fonts at some point? That would seem the logical solution, if its technically viable. It was interesting to hear about the quirk with the SIL fonts, I hadn’t come across any difficulties with them yet. Thanks again for your help!

  4. Ben says:

    GNU Freefont project also includes Arabic: http://www.gnu.org/software/freefont/ Arabic is supported in Serif and Mono variants.

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