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Sadequain and Calligraphic Modernism

This article examines the career of the immensely productive Sadequain Naqqash (1930-87), Pakistan’s most celebrated art­is

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SADEQUAIN’S Calligraphy

Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Pride of Performance, Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Pakistani Awards), also often referred to as Sadequain Naqqash, was a world-renowned Pakistani artist, best known for his skills as a calligrapher and a…

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From the Pen of a Master

Calligraphy is the supreme art form of the Islamic world; even the other Islamic arts – architecture, metal work, ceramics, glass and textiles – draw on calligraphy as their principal source of embellishment. This…

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Rasheed Butt – Calligrapher

Rasheed Butt, a world renowned calligrapher, started Calligraphy in 1961. Since then he has devoted his everything to Islamic calligraphy. He has exhibited his work all over the globe and many of his…

Tools and Materials of the Calligrapher

Beyond the years of training and practice required to master the varied Arabic scripts, calligraphers devoted long hours to producing the pens, inks, and colorants required for their art, and to modifying these…

Calligraphy attributed to Mir ‘Ali Tabrizi

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,…

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Yaqut al-Musta‘simi – Master Calligrapher

(early 13th century-1298 A.D.) Full name: Abu’l-Majd Jamal al-Din Yaqut, known as Yaqut al-Musta‘simi because he served Caliph al-Musta‘sim What he did: Refined the six scripts set down by Ibn al-Bawwab Gave the…

Proportional writing system using dots

Ibn al-Bawwab – Master Calligrapher

late 10th century-1022 A.D. Full name: Abu’l-Hasan ‘Ali Ibn Hilal, known as Ibn al-Bawwab (“Son of the Doorman”) What he did: Refined the rules of Ibn Muqla’s six scripts Developed a system of…

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Ibn Muqla – Master Calligrapher

885-940 A.D. Full name: Abu Ali Muhammad Ibn Ali, known as Ibn Muqla (“Son of Muqla”) What he did: Codified the six scripts (al aqlam al-sitta) that became the foundation for the practice of…

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