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The spirit of calligraphy

    “Let the pen write from the heart that is joyous and free.” Hafez-e Shirazi (Iran, 14th c.)   Calligraphy, I believe, is a spiritual path that leads, no matter the script,…

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Calligraffiti Art

Calligraffiti, as some of these artists call it, is a unique blend of traditional scripts and designs mixed with modern materials and techniques.

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18th Century Qur’an in Maghribi Script

This manuscript, Walters W.568, is a fragment of the Qur’an, consisting of chapters 19 (Surat Maryam) through 23 (Surat al-mu’minun).

Illuminated Timurid copy of the Qur’an

A large-format, illuminated Timurid copy of the Qur’an is believed to have been produced in Northern India in the 9th century AH/AD 15th.

Fig 1: Bursa?/Turkey; dated 1289 H/1872 -73 CE. On the right side below the dervish cap of the Mevlevi order stands  a religious invocation which is mirrored on the left side. The Mevlevis cultivate poetry and other arts in addition to calligraphy.

Calligraphy from Ottoman Dervish Lodges

Alongside the art of the book, which was promoted by rulers at their courts and by religious scholars in mosques and Qur’an schools, Arabic calligraphy was also cultivated in the context of everyday…

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Calligraphy – the geometry of the spirit

This article appeared on pages 16-27 of the September/October 1989 print edition of Saudi Aramco World. Islamic calligraphy is without doubt the most original contribution of Islam to the visual arts, yet it is only…

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Calligraphy on Islamic Coins

Introduction Western coinages in the Hellenistic tradition are praised for the beauty of their images complementing perfectly the circular space. The art of the portrait flowered in particular in the Hellenistic world, the…

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Calligraphy by Hassan Massoudy

Following Images are from “Calligraphie Arabe Vivante”  by Hassan Massoudy (1981 edition)   Hassan Massoudy is an artist for whom the word itself remains the most sublime creative force.  His creations are a subtle…

Workers embroider the Kiswa

The Making of Kiswa

Throughout Islamic history, it has been considered a great honor to be able to perform a service to the Ka`bah, in the Sacred Mosque in Makkah. One of these services, performed by both…

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Calligraphic Galleon, 1766 AD

Flanked by two other galleons on the horizon, this carefully drawn imperial calligraphic galleon sits on a row of waves containing aphorisms. The imperial galleon with its wind-filled sails is an example of…

AN ILLUMINATED ALBUM PAGE OF CALLIGRAPHY

Illuminated Calligraphy

Ink, gouache and gold on paper, 6 lines of fine nasta’liq script in black ink within cloud bands filled with interlacing vines, and interspersed with polychrome flowers, headpiece with panels of coloured and…

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Album of Ottoman Calligraphy

This album (muraqqaʿ) of calligraphy in an accordion format was compiled in Ottoman Turkey in the twelfth century AH / eighteenth CE. It consists of leaves bearing fragmentary passages from the Qur’an (chapter…

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