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Mir ‘Ali Tabrizi

(1360-1420 A.D.)

Full name:

Mir ‘Ali ibn Hasan al-Sultani, known as Mir ‘Ali Tabrizi because he lived most of his life in the city of Tabriz

What he did:

  • Codified the nast‘aliq script, which became the most important script in Persian calligraphy


  • Little is known about his life except that he lived in Tabriz (Persia) and was a poet and calligrapher
  • He is called “the chief of the scribes” because of his work in developing the nasta‘liq script
  • Tradition says that, after dreaming one night about geese, Mir ‘Ali adapted the shape and motion of their wings into visual form, creating the nasta‘liq script

Calligraphy attributed to Mir ‘Ali Tabrizi


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