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I need to produce a madda sign without any preceding fatha, just the madda. I can't understand why the MWE below stubbornly produces a vowel above the mim, as in the following image.

madda-fatha problem

%!TEX TS-program = xelatex
%!TEX encoding = UTF-8 Unicode
\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{fontspec}
\usepackage[novoc]{arabxetex}
\newfontfamily\arabicfont[Language=Arabic,Script=Arabic]{Scheherazade}
\begin{document}

\begin{arab}
al-asm^A 
\end{arab}
\end{document}  

I've tried playing around with the quotation mark and whatnot, to no avail. I wonder if someone could try? Dirty fixes are welcome too. Thanks, J

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The explanation of ArabTeX’s input convention in the ArabTeX documentation suggests, none too clearly, that ^A is useful for reproducing some historic spellings, and that 'A is more generally useful.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{fontspec}
\usepackage[novoc]{arabxetex}
\newfontfamily\arabicfont[Language=Arabic,Script=Arabic]{Scheherazade}
\begin{document}
\begin{arab}
al-asm^A

al-asm'A
\end{arab}
\end{document}

output of example

Even when using arabxetex, the documentation for ArabTeX is often essential; the former seems to assume it and not to repeat everything useful.

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  • Merci beaucoup! What an ungrateful wretch I was not to go back straight to good old ArabTeX manual! Mar 2, 2016 at 0:01

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