I am using Babel package to support Arabic and English in one document. But I am not able to identify a multilingual font that supports Bold typeface. The code below works fine, but lacks the bold typeface.

\usepackage{amsmath, amsthm, amssymb}
\usepackage[english, arabic, provide=*, bidi=basic, layout=counters.tabular]{babel}

    \chapter{مقدمة Introduction}
    test2 تجربة

If I change the font to Arial, the bold works but somehow the Arabic word in the footnote gets scrambled. Only in the footnote, all other places are fine! see below.

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You can use any font on your system or in your TeX directory, for example, Khaled Hosny’s Amiri.

You could also specify a different Arabic font, for example, \babelfont[arabic]{rm}[Scale=MatchLowercase]{Noto Naskh Arabic}.

Here is one of many templates you might start from.

However, most fonts should be available in bold. If you have a bold version of the font installed, but it is not displaying properly, you might try loading all of its faces by filename, such as, for example:

  UprightFont = *-Regular ,
  BoldFont = *-Bold ,
  SlantedFont = *-Slanted ,
  BoldSlantedFont = *-BoldSlanted ,
  Extension = .otf}

  • After some tweaking I found Amiri to work, although I would still prefer some other Arabic fonts, e.g. Times. Why don't all Arabic fonts support regular & bold typefaces simultaneously?
    – student1
    Aug 14, 2022 at 0:57
  • @student1 Most do that I’m aware of. There are many versions of Times out there, and I do not know which one you have.
    – Davislor
    Aug 14, 2022 at 1:24

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