Category Archives: Islamic Languages

Digital Printing of Arabic: Mushaf Qatar

After having defined the problem, and having seen a solution, let us now familiarize ourselves with a bad example. Much like the Mushaf Muscat, Muṣḥaf Qaṭar likes to present a technological proof of concept in the form of a digital

Digital Printing of Arabic: Mushaf Qatar

After having defined the problem, and having seen a solution, let us now familiarize ourselves with a bad example. Much like the Mushaf Muscat, Muṣḥaf Qaṭar likes to present a technological proof of concept in the form of a digital

Digital Printing of Arabic: Mushaf Muscat

In this series, we will consider how Arabic is and could be represented in a digital world. Our first, and likely most spectacular example is Muṣḥaf Masqaṭ al-Iliktrūnī, available at mushafmuscat.om. This website is a showcase for the technology developed by

Digital Printing of Arabic: Mushaf Muscat

In this series, we will consider how Arabic is and could be represented in a digital world. Our first, and likely most spectacular example is Muṣḥaf Masqaṭ al-Iliktrūnī, available at mushafmuscat.om. This website is a showcase for the technology developed by

Digital Printing of Arabic: explaining the problem

Representing Arabic script on a computer has been problematic from the very beginning. In this series, we shall explore some of the solutions offered. First, we need to understand what is so problematic about Arabic script in a digital world.

Digital Printing of Arabic: explaining the problem

Representing Arabic script on a computer has been problematic from the very beginning. In this series, we shall explore some of the solutions offered. First, we need to understand what is so problematic about Arabic script in a digital world.

Improved Keyboard Layout for Mac!

The Digital Orientalist presents… a new way of painlessly typing Arabic on a Mac! After the success of the keyboard layouts published in 2014, and with the feedback you gave, I developed an improved version of Or A, the keyboard layout

Improved Keyboard Layout for Mac!

The Digital Orientalist presents… a new way of painlessly typing Arabic on a Mac! After the success of the keyboard layouts published in 2014, and with the feedback you gave, I developed an improved version of Or A, the keyboard layout

Typing and transliterating Arabic: an online solution

Fuzzy Arabic Dictionary allows you to simply type the Arabic word you want in an over-simple form in Latin script, and it gives you back various options in Arabic script with the proper transliteration next to it. It even gives a suggestion

Typing and transliterating Arabic: an online solution

Fuzzy Arabic Dictionary allows you to simply type the Arabic word you want in an over-simple form in Latin script, and it gives you back various options in Arabic script with the proper transliteration next to it. It even gives a suggestion

The Digital Orientalist’s Keyboard Layouts (Windows and Mac)

Typing or transliterating Arabic on a PC has been a bane for decades. I am happy to share with you keyboard layouts that actually work! Rest assured, I shall devote a series of articles on typing or transliterating Arabic, covering a variety

The Digital Orientalist’s Keyboard Layouts (Windows and Mac)

Typing or transliterating Arabic on a PC has been a bane for decades. I am happy to share with you keyboard layouts that actually work! Rest assured, I shall devote a series of articles on typing or transliterating Arabic, covering a variety

When even the experts fail

    The University of Leiden is celebrating 400 years of Arabic Studies. As part of their celebrations, the invitation below was sent out. Whoops! Seems like after 400 years they still cannot figure out how to typeset Arabic! I

When even the experts fail

    The University of Leiden is celebrating 400 years of Arabic Studies. As part of their celebrations, the invitation below was sent out. Whoops! Seems like after 400 years they still cannot figure out how to typeset Arabic! I