Category Archives: Islamic Languages

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

Online Resources

Aratools Arabic-English Dictionary

One nifty digital dictionary for Arabic-English and English-Arabic is provided by Aratools, at http://www.aratools.com You can use it for free online, or download  a stand-alone application for Mac OSX. There is also an iOS app, which can run offline, for which

Online Resources

Aratools Arabic-English Dictionary

One nifty digital dictionary for Arabic-English and English-Arabic is provided by Aratools, at http://www.aratools.com You can use it for free online, or download  a stand-alone application for Mac OSX. There is also an iOS app, which can run offline, for which

Online Resources

Lane’s Lexicon Online

Lane’s Arabic – English Lexicon, has been unequaled since 1863, despite the fact that it only runs to qāf. Roots that start with a letter after qāf are present, but the entries are not complete. There are two ways to access Lane

Online Resources

Lane’s Lexicon Online

Lane’s Arabic – English Lexicon, has been unequaled since 1863, despite the fact that it only runs to qāf. Roots that start with a letter after qāf are present, but the entries are not complete. There are two ways to access Lane

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 hope to

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 hope to