Arabic Typography

History and Practice


An unprecedented synthesis and in-depth account of recent scholarship on Arabic typographic history and a concise guide on Arabic typography addressing all key areas.


ISBN: 9783721210170 Category:

Titus Nemeth


Although Arabic is the third-most widely used script in the world, there is a lack of sound typographic literature. This publication is a multi-disciplinary reference work that combines the latest academic research with applied typography. The focus on elements that pertain specifically to Arabic typography prevents overlapping with the comprehensive literature on Latin script typography, making the book relevant and accessible to the widest possible audience.

The first part provides an in-depth synthesis on the typographic history and development of the Arabic script, bringing together a cohort of young scholars who are breaking new grounds in pursuing research excellence. In the more extensive second part, these historical foundations are complemented by a concise guide to Arabic typography through the lens of a design practitioner. Inspired by Jost Hochuli’s standard work “Detail in Typography”, the author vividly addresses all relevant micro-typographic parameters.

Additional information

Weight 1250 g
Dimensions 18.5 x 25.6 cm
Publisher name bnb media gmbh, Zurich
Publication date 27 February 2023
Number of pages 304
Format Hardback
Contributors Contributions by Robert Bringhurst, Emanuela Conidi, Borna Izadpanah, Onur Yazicigil, and Gerry Leonidas
Dimensions 18.5 x 25.6 cm
Weight 1250 g


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Titus Nemeth is a type designer, typographer, and historian. His internationally recognized practice spans commercial and cultural work, with a focus on Arabic and multilingual design. His interests and activities extend to academic research and teaching in higher education. He has taught type design and typography at schools in Austria, France, Morocco, Qatar and the UK.