# Assimilated alif (arabxetex)

I am trying to achieve:

However,

\documentclass[12pt]{article}
\usepackage[fullvoc]{arabxetex}

\begin{document}

\begin{arab}
humu al-hufseduna
\end{arab}

\end{document}


gives me:

(I am trying to get rid of the vowel on alif.)

• Is there a reason you need to use arabxetex as opposed to using polyglossia and just entering the Arabic directly in your source? Mar 20 '18 at 16:01
• @Alan this is incomparably more convenient for me. Mar 20 '18 at 16:04
• Fair enough. :) I don't know Arabic, but this is done at the mapping level. Would you consider this a bug (i.e., is the vowel on the alif inappropriate in full voclalization mode), or is this something "extra" that you need to do. Mar 20 '18 at 16:23
• @Alan (1) I am not sure whether it is not possible, or I am missing something in the manuals. (2) I would not call it a bug; just a missing feature. (3) To my extremely limited knowledge, this is a fairly common occurrence in Arabic. Mar 20 '18 at 16:52

I have found the solution. Type humu "A"l-mufsidUna The quotes suppress the diacritics on the alif.

You can find further information in section 4.1.3 of the ArabTeX manual which ArabXeTeX relies on.

\documentclass[12pt]{article}
\usepackage[fullvoc]{arabxetex}

\begin{document}
\begin{arab}
humu "A"l-mufsidUna
\end{arab}
\end{document}


Result:

• +1 Yes, this seems like a good answer. Perhaps you can edit your answer to put the code into the original minimal example and then show the resulting image. Mar 20 '18 at 18:12
• @EuklidAlexandria Thanks. I tried almost all combinations. Missed that one. Mar 20 '18 at 19:22
• @blackened You're welcome. Mar 20 '18 at 19:24
• @AlanMunn Thank you. Is it so ok? Mar 20 '18 at 19:25
• Yes, perfect. Thanks! It makes other users see that the example works. And welcome to TeX.se! Mar 20 '18 at 19:27