Alkalami is a font for Arabic-based writing systems in the Kano region of Nigeria and in Niger. This style of writing African ajami has sometimes been called Sudani Kufi or Rubutun Kano. It is vastly different from script traditions of the Middle East. The bulk of the design of Alkalami was based on what are known as ‘market edition manuscripts’.

Alkalami was designed by Becca Hirsbrunner Spalinger in partial fulfillment of her MATD from the University of Reading.

Two fonts from this typeface family are included in the Alkalami release:

  • Alkalami Regular
  • Alkalami Light Regular

Type Samples

For a complete list of characters included in Alkalami, see Character Set Support.

Type samples showing an inventory of some of the unusual of glyphs and features can be downloaded here:
Alkalami Font Type Sample — This document was produced with Adobe InDesign CC 2020.

Examples of some text are shown below.

This sample shows the Regular font (produced using XeTeX):

Alkalami Regular.

This sample shows the Regular font in the section heading and the Light font for the main text (produced using XeTeX):

Alkalami Regular and Light.

SIL International is the creator of the Alkalami font, and is the owner of all proprietary rights therein.