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Arabic script displayed wrong on iPhone.

The script is displayed wrong on my iPhone whenever there is a ل (lam) followed by an م (mem) followed by any other Arabic letter. What could be wrong?

For example this YouTube page: https://youtu.be/xgocV3j9sY4

Here’s a picture where I’ve marked the error in a red circle: https://imgshare.io/image/0l1Ep

Any ideas?


December 25, 2019

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That is actually not an error, it is an intended combination of characters. You probably have seen how this happens with lam and aleif: ل + ا = لا Some fonts do the same for other character combinations, so ل + م = ﳌ

You can find many more combinations in this pdf.
lam + meem is unicode FCCC: "Arabic ligature lam with meem initialform".

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