Harmattan

Arabic script font designed for use by languages in West Africa

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Harmattan, named after the trade winds that blow during the dry season in West Africa, is designed to suit the needs of languages using the Arabic script in West Africa.

Design

Harmattan is designed in a Warsh style to suit the needs of languages using the Arabic script in West Africa. A type sample showing an inventory of some of the unusual of glyphs and features can be seen here: design type samples.

Harmattan is currently available in Regular and Bold weights.

Font Features

Harmattan is an OpenType-enabled font family that supports the Arabic script. It includes a number of optional features that provide alternative rendering that might be preferable for use in some contexts. Read more about our smart font features.

Character Set Support

The Harmattan font includes nearly complete support for Unicode 13.0 Arabic ranges (excluding the Arabic Presentation Forms blocks, which are not recommended for normal use). Read more about our character set support.

Common questions

What is so special about Harmattan?

Harmattan is designed in a Warsh style to suit the needs of languages using the Arabic script in West Africa. This font is designed to work with the OpenType font technology. To take advantage of the advanced typographic capabilities of this font, you must be using applications that provide an adequate level of support for OpenType. These advanced capabilities provide access to the variant character forms used in some languages. See Smart Font Features.

I notice that Harmattan is missing a number of characters that I would like. Will you add these?

It is impossible for us to add every glyph that every person desires, but we do place a high priority on adding complete coverage of all the characters defined in Unicode for Arabic script (excluding the Arabic Presentation Forms blocks, which are not recommended for normal use). You can send us your requests, but please understand that we are unlikely to add symbols where the user base is very small, unless they have been accepted into Unicode.

See complete Harmattan - FAQ list.

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