\documentclass[a4paper]{article} \usepackage{fontspec} \usepackage{polyglossia} \setmainlanguage{english} \setotherlanguage{arabic} \newfontfamily\arabicfont[Script=Arabic,Scale=1.1]{Amiri} \begin{document} \begin{tabular}{rl} \foreignlanguage{arabic}{ا} & alif \\ \foreignlanguage{arabic}{بـ} & ba'a initial \\ \foreignlanguage{arabic}{ـبـ} & ba'a middle \\ \foreignlanguage{arabic}{ـب} & ba'a final \\ \end{tabular} \end{document}