# Arabic text with Polyglossia

I use Arabxetex and Polyglossia from Texlive 2013 on an OpenSuse 13.1 system to write Arabic. The Arabic text needs to be fully vocalized.

There are no Problems writing unvocalized Text, but adding a vocal sign breaks the connection between consonants: the words come out as a series of disjointed Arabic letters in their isolated letter form.

Has anyone else had similar problems? I don't know how to solve the problem.

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Without a minimal example, I don’t know why you’re experiencing difficulties. But with an up-to-date TeX Live, this example (adapted from the minimal example in the arabxetex documentation) works. Perhaps the voc or fullvoc options are what you need? If not, perhaps the font you’re using isn’t up to the task.

\documentclass[12pt]{article}
\usepackage[utf]{arabxetex}% default options are "novoc" and "fdf2alif";
% other options are "voc", "fullvoc", "utf", "trans" and "fdf2noalif"
\newfontfamily\arabicfont[Script=Arabic]{Amiri}
\begin{document}
\begin{arab}[voc]
وَهَذِهِ فِقرَةٌ بِالعَرَبِيَة مَعَ كَلِمَة اِنكلِيزِيَة (\textLR{English}).
\end{arab}

\bigskip

\begin{arab}[fullvoc]
وَهَذِهِ فِقرَةٌ بِالعَرَبِيَة مَعَ كَلِمَة اِنكلِيزِيَة (\textLR{English}).
\end{arab}
\end{document}


• according to your experience, in which situations you would prefer Polyglossia over Arabxetex? – doctorate Apr 20 '14 at 19:53
• @doctorate My experience is limited: I have occasion to typeset Arabic just once or twice a year, which means that what worked the last time my be broken now, or vice versa, because this is a rapidly developing area. I almost always work in luatex and turn to xetex only if something goes wrong. – Thérèse Apr 21 '14 at 1:21