Amiri (أميري) is a classical Arabic typeface in Naskh style for typesetting books and other running text.
Amiri is a revival of the beautiful typeface pioneered in early 20th century by Bulaq Press in Cairo, also known as Amiria Press, after which the font is named.
The uniqueness of this typeface comes from its superb balance between the beauty of Naskh calligraphy on one hand, the constraints and requirements of elegant typography on the other. Also, it is one of the few metal typefaces that were used in typesetting the Koran, making it a good source for a digital typeface to be used in typesetting Koranic verses.
Amiri project aims at the revival of the aesthetics and traditions of Arabic typesetting, and adapting it to the era of digital typesetting, in a publicly available form.
Amiri is a free and open source project that everyone is encouraged to use and modify. Amiri is available under the terms of Open Font License, see the included license file for more details.
Latest version of the Amiri font can be obtained from its web site:
Amiri was actively developed between 2008–2022, when version 1 was released and it was then considered mature enough that not further development is planned. No typeface is ever complete, but maintaining Amiri is increasingly time and effort-consuming due to a combination of decisions taken early on due to software limitations at the time its development started, as well as extensive character and glyph coverage. Amiri development might be restarted in the future under a different name with less backward-compatibility constraints, but nothing concrete is currently planed.