Mashriqi Warsh Font

King Fahd’s Complex (KFGQPC) has made significant contributions to Quranic fonts. One such example is Warsh’s font, which adheres to the traditional Maghrebi style. This style incorporates:
– Maghrebi calligraphy (الخط) and dotting systems (الإعجام)
– As well as Warsh’s orthography, and diacritics (الضبط).


https://qurancomplex.gov.sa/en/warsh/

 

Traditional difference:

The most noticeable difference between Maghrebi (Western/Northern African) and Mashriqi (Middle Eastern) dotting systems lies in three letters:

DescriptionMashriqi DottingMaghribi Dotting
Letter F
Final Form
ف
ڢ
ـڡ
Letter Q
Final Form
ق
ڧ
ـٯ
Final Nـنـں

In addition to some slight variations in diacritics, such as the way the Dammah (ضمة) vowel mark is written.

 

However over the last century, the influence of Mashriqi typography has become dominant in printing across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. As a result, the traditional dotting variations have largely been replaced by a unified standard.

Intending to improve the readability of Warsh text in applications, I planned to contact KFGQPC to request permission to modify the font’s dotting system (as I’m comfortable using FontForge on Linux).

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I discovered fortunately that a modification had already been implemented few months ago by someone else.

Comparison Demo:

To illustrate the differences and verify it, I’ve created a demo comparing the original and modified Warsh font:

https://quran.etymodb.com/modified_warsh_font/

P.S.: It is preferable to contact the complex for validation.

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