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Square Kufic Calligraphy: Dots

Diacritic dots are an essential part of the Arabic script, because they differentiate between different letters. For example, س and ش have the same shape and are only differentiated by the three dots on top of the ش. However, in Square Kufic calligraphy, the dots can be placed with some liberty and do not necessarily need to be where they strictly would be on the letters.


In the Arabic In Depth logo, I placed the dots in the general vicinity of the letters that they correspond to but used some liberty when doing so.


In the word اللغة, I placed the dot of the غ to the left of the letter:



In the word العربية, I placed the dots of the ي above the letter:



In the word بعمق, I placed the dots of the ق to the left of the letter:



It’s also acceptable to omit the diacritic dots altogether. I used this liberty to omit the dots of the ة in the words اللغة and العربية:



It might seem odd to only omit the dots of some letters and not others, but it’s common to omit the dots of the ة when writing, and I used that as my reasoning for the exception.


If you choose to forego all diacritic dots, you can use filler dots instead. Filler dots do not correspond to any letter but rather simply fill any remaining space.


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