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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…

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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…

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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Islamic Calligraphy 1450-1925 A.D.- East

  This calligraphic panel is executed in black (Indian) naskh on a pink paper decorated with gold cloud motifs and pasted to a light blue backing. The poem wishes a ruler (nicknamed the…

Style in Islamic Art (750-1250 AD)

Abbasid Style The Abbasid style emerged in Iraq between 750 and 850, when the Abbasid dynasty was at the height of its power. The Abbasid caliphs constructed huge and lavishly decorated palaces at…

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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Islamic Calligraphy 1450-1925 – West

Calligraphy from the Ottoman empire and other places in the western Muslim world. This single panel praises Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-law ‘Ali and his famous double-edged sword Dhu al-Fiqar. This calligraphic sheet states that…

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