I want to make a table with the Arabic alphabet. This table will contain English text as well as Arabic symbols. I'm using a code that looks like this:

\usepackage[arabic, english]{babel}




This allow me to write lines like this:

\foreignlanguage{arabic}{ا} & elif

or to use arabtex like this

 \< k  > & kef

but if I want to write the middle form or the final form of an Arabic letter the first method does not work and I do not know if it is possible with arabtex. What else can I try?

  • I recommend that you use this character and the first method ـ – Au101 Dec 27 '18 at 23:08
  • For example ـبـ – Au101 Dec 27 '18 at 23:08
  • @Au101 that worked. I tried the same with characters drawn from the Apple special characters panel of my computer, and it did not work – Mauricio Dec 27 '18 at 23:11
  • Try using U+200D unicode character, called the "zero width joiner". See here for more information: codepoints.net/U+200D – Robert Alessi Dec 27 '18 at 23:13
  • @Au101 Also it works for middle letters but for initial and final letters it adds an extra _ that I do not wish to have – Mauricio Dec 27 '18 at 23:21

You can copy the prefix and/or suffix, ـ, and join it with any character. Other than that, I suggest polyglossia and the following setup.





  \foreignlanguage{arabic}{ا}   & alif \\
  \foreignlanguage{arabic}{بـ}  & ba'a initial \\
  \foreignlanguage{arabic}{ـبـ} & ba'a middle \\
  \foreignlanguage{arabic}{ـب}  & ba'a final \\


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  • This worked but I will add that I had to use XeLaTeX and Al Bayan as font because my computer does not have Amiri – Mauricio Dec 27 '18 at 23:54
  • @Mauricio You can download Amiri for free from its webpage. Libertinus and Libertinus Math (extensions, by the creator of Amiri, of Linux Libertine) are good companion fonts for other scripts. – Davislor Dec 28 '18 at 0:25
  • You might also be able to install Amiri from your package manager, or it might be included with your TeX distribution. On Ubuntu Linux, you can sudo apt install fonts-hosny-amiri. – Davislor Dec 28 '18 at 0:27

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