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Arabic script is introduced in the 'Arabic Alphabet' feature, which is geared towards language learners. This feature focuses more on the artistic use of the various arabic scripts by Arabic calligraphers.

Arabic Calligraphy is very beautiful.

There are several recognised styles including 'Naskh, 'Nasta'liq', 'Ruq'ah', 'Thuluth', 'Kufic', 'Sini' and 'Hijazi'.

Words are treated with respect in Arabic art, and Arabic calligraphy has come to be regarded more highly than painting, and has had a major the influence on Middle Eastern art. The art form of calligraphy follows established rules of composition, rhythm, and harmony. A calamus, or reed pen is often used.

NEW! 16 May 2010 Arabic Calligraphy: Learn arabic calligraphy LEARN ARABIC CALLIGRAPHY by Tarek Mahfouz (Paperback, lulu.com, 16 May 2010)

I've not yet seen this newly self-published volume - any feedback welcome! The blurb seems to indicate that it may be more about writing the script rather than about creating calligraphy.

Word Into Art: Artists Of The Modern Middle East WORD INTO ART: ARTISTS OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST by Venetia Porter (British Museum Press, 2006)

The calligraphic works illustrated in this 144 page book (which accompanied an exhibition at the British Museum) have never been reproduced in print before. The calligraphy we see here reflects a rich artistic heritage and an Islamic world view - topics include 'Sacred Script', 'Art Calligraphy', 'Artists and Poets', 'Deconstructing the Word' and 'Politics and Identity'. The 'calligraphied' texts are translated where appropriate, and are put into context nicely. Beautiful works of many calligraphers are shown, including "Inspiration from a Poem" by Suad al-Attar, "Harf al-kaf" by Ali Omar Ermes, "Ya kulla kulli" by Mustafa Ja'far and "Ana al-haqq" by Kamal Boulatta.

Arabic Calligraphy: Naskh Script for Beginners ARABIC CALLIGRAPHY: NASKH SCRIPT FOR BEGINNERS

by Mustafa Ja'far (British Museum Press)

This introductory workbook was the first stroke-by-stroke guide ever produced for learning to write calligraphy using Naskh script. The Ottoman Turks established Naskh as the most appropriate script for copying the Qur'an - a tradition which is still popular today.

Mustafa Ja'far - a demonstrator and workshop tutor at The British Museum and other UK cultural institutions - has produced this easy-to-follow, teach-yourself guide to demystify the subject and allow anyone to learn and enjoy the beauty of Arabic calligraphy.

Arabic Calligraphy: THE SPLENDOUR OF ISLAMIC CALLIGRAPHY THE SPLENDOUR OF ISLAMIC CALLIGRAPHY by Abdelkebir Khatibi (Thames & Hudson)

BREATH OF WORDS: THE ARABIC CALLIGRAPHY OF ABD EL MALIK NOUNOUHI BREATH OF WORDS: THE ARABIC CALLIGRAPHY OF ABD EL MALIK NOUNOUHI
by Abd El Malik Nounouhi ( Calendar, 2009)

The calendar is out of date now - which make it easier to nerve yourself to disassemble it and frame the wonderful images!!

The calligraphy in each image is translated, which makes the calendar even more worthwhile. For Nounouhi (who learned Arabic in his native Morocco) calligraphy is more than just patterns made with letters and words - it is a way of making an ephemeral story more visible: "a trace of an internal story carried by words and carried to the surface of the paper by a breath, as if it were a voice."

ARABIC FOR DESIGNERS ARABIC FOR DESIGNERS by Mourad Boutros

A fascinating and beautifully illustrated book - which doesn't quite belong on this page, but I don't have anywhere else to put it! And it deserves to be seen!

Arabic for Designers is a sort of introduction to designing for the Arabic market - not so much the letter forms but the cultural significance of letters and words, and how to approach design projects in such a context. It is certainly a useful book - it demonstrates how to combine Latin and Arabic scripts in awkward settings, from print to mobile phones. Not a book on how to create designs in Arabic calligraphy, as you might have throught from the title . . . but very interesting!

ARABIC SCRIPT ARABIC SCRIPT
by Gabriel Mandel Khan

This book helps explains not only the history and meaning of each letter in the arabic alphabet, but also its philosophical, theological, and cultural significance. This makes a fascinating introduction to an unfamiliar culture and civilization, as well as providing a comprehensive intorduction to Arabic script and calligraphy. 300 two-color and black-and-white pictures illustrate the letters, their variants, and calligraphic adaptations. Linguists, graphic designers, collectors - and even travellers will fine "Arabic Script" enllightening.

street-graphics-egypt STREET GRAPHICS EGYPT (Street Graphics / Street Art)

by Barry Dawson (Thames & Hudson Ltd)

Egypt's developing coastal resorts have generated a new kind of wall painting - modern images of beach and party lifestyles. Barry Dawson's colourful photographs record show an amazing diversity of street images - ancient Egyptian designs, the developing Western international style and traditional Arabic calligraphy.

ALIF BAA: INTRODUCTION TO ARABIC LETTERS AND SOUNDS (with 2 DVDS)
Georgetown University Press; 2nd revised edition (2004)

On these DVDs you can watch video of an Arabic calligrapher at work.

However, the pack is actually a language learning pack designed to develop listening, reading, and writing skills.

150 basic vocabulary words are introduced in authentic contexts, together with social greetings, capsules on Arab culture, and an English-Arabic glossary - and a large collection of street signs,

Includes audio and video exercises.

The Arabic Alphabet

For an more basic introduction to the Arabic alphabet, take a look at our 'Arabic Alphabet' special feature, or The Arabic Alphabet - a letter-by-letter introduction to all the characters of the Arabic alphabet (by Nicholas Awde)










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