Academic writing

During my studies I have written some texts that may still hold some interest and relevance for current students and anyone interested in the subjects of Arabic and multilingual type design and typography. The most substantial outcome of my studies was my PhD thesis, which has been published by Brill Publishers in 2017. The older and shorter texts that originated in my MA at Reading are provided below as they turned out to have more longevity and relevance than required for the course alone.

They form part of a larger body of work that emerges from the typeface design course, which features substantial research as part of its programme. Many of the resulting dissertations have contributed significantly to typographic discourse and are widely consulted: see for example Mark Jamra’s archive on typeculture, and the MATD’s official website. Of course they are student work, and ought to be seen and evaluated as such. However, many of them are informative, well-researched pieces and some are indeed better informed than published books.


My own MA dissertation from 2006 engages with the (then) current state of Arabic newspaper type and typography, and provides an overview of some typical issues. Although I would certainly write some things differently now, it might still be a useful resource for many interested in Arabic type and typography. PDF download (3MB)


Another essay I wrote during the course of the MATD was entitled ‘Harmonisation of Arabic and Latin script. Possibilities and obstacles’. It was a piece written only three months into the course, and is an early consideration of the subject. Some of its ideas retain some value, although my thinking about the topic has evolved since then. PDF download (4MB)
Lastly, the ‘Reflections on practice’ document formed an integral part of our course structure at the MATD. It is still being consulted by current and aspiring students who find it valuable to gauge what they may expect in Reading, so I keep it here for this purpose. PDF download (1.5MB)