There is no need to sacrifice aesthetics at the altar of academia. Though scholarly works are often dense and footnote-heavy they can—and should—be appealing and easily readable.
Typeface historian and critic Beatrice Warde offers an apt metaphor of well-designed, well-typeset text and a crystal goblet filled with a fine wine. The clear crystal goblet does not draw attention to itself; it is all but invisible. Such is the case with typesetting: a well-typeset book does not draw attention to the typesetting, rather it renders the text crystal clear. The focus always remains on the accessibility of the text. If it is difficult to read or printed in an inappropriately bold typeface, it will draw attention to itself and detract from its true purpose, the conveyance of the author’s ideas.
For specialized works, particularly those with transliteration, we now have access to a variety of readable typefaces that have a full range of diacritical marks. Diacritics are no longer jarring additions to the text; they are an integrated part of the typeface. Difficult academic works with complex footnotes do not need to appear monotonous; with the most advanced typesetting programs, we are able control every detail of the text and produce stunning results that make your book a joy to read.
There are clear differences between formatting a Word document and typesetting a book, for a clear and concise understanding of these differences, please see the samples page.
Typesetting and Book design
- International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies: One page transliteration chart. link
- Journal of Islamic Philosophy (from 2003–2015). pdf
- The Marvels of the Heart (including text, tables, illustration, and index). pdf
- The Removal of Confusion (see text sample). pdf
- Tafsīr al-Tustarī [Sahl al-Tustarī’s Commentary on the Qurʾān] (complete text). pdf
- Laṭʾif al-Isharāt (Tafsīr al-Qushayri) [Abu l-Qasim al-Qushayri’s commentary on the Qur’an]
- Al-Ghazali’s Book of Knowledge. (Book 1)
- Rabbana: Supplications from the Holy Quran.
- Al-Ghazali’s Principles of the Creed. (Book 2)
- In the Presence of the sublime Qur’an.
- Foundations of Arabic Grammar.
- Epistle of the Sun on the Principles of Logic.
English with Arabic intermixed into the text:
- Mapping Frontiers Across Medieval Islam. link
- Symbols of Authority in Medieval Islam.
- Where the Two Seas Meet. Qur’anic text only.
- Spiritual Gems. pdf
- Book of Ascension. pdf
- Gatherings of Illumination. Extensive Arabic text throughout.
- Reassurance for the Seeker. Arabic text of Hadith.
- Al-Ghazali’s Principles of the Creed. (Arabic text of the Creed / Side by Side with the English translation)
- In the Presence of the sublime Qur’an, Sura 1 and 78-114. (Quranic Text, and individual verses)
- Drummer Girl, Text only.
- Al-Ghazali, Text only (Art by Demi).
- Sophia’s Journal
- Created glyphs for the transliteration of the text (see text sample). pdf
- Work with the following Latin typefaces: Bembo, Garamond, Minion, Caslon, Brioso, Jenson, and Cronos.
- Work with the following Arabic typefaces: Traditional Arabic, Amiri, aldhabi, Uthman Taha Naskh
- Journal of Islamic Philosophy
- Brewing Storms
- Desire of the Aspirant
- Epistle of the Sun
- Foundations of Arabic Grammar