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B4162. Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy, An / Alani
B4162. An Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy by Ghani Alani. 2016. 80pp. 8.7"x11.1". Hardcover

In this instructional manual, a brief illustrated history of Arabic calligraphy is followed by a section on choosing and preparing ink, pen, and paper. After a quick introduction to how the Arabic language works, you learn how to write the 28 letters of the Arabic alphabet in a basic script, how to join the letters together, and how to assemble them into words. In addition to this basic hand, seven major styles are presented: Kufic, Thuluth, Naskh, Persian, Turkish, Riqâa and Maghrebi.



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B3154. Calligrapher's Garden / Massoudy
The Calligrapher's Garden by Hassan Massoudy. Second edition. 2009, 2012. 128pp. 7x5.5. Paper

This beautiful book is available again in a smaller format.

In this feast for the eyes, Massoudy's elegant calligraphy depicts the four seasons of the garden. From the icy palettes of winter to delicate spring growth, and from the dazzling sunshine and blooms of summer through the fading hues of autumn, he captures in calligraphy what countless poets have crafted with words. The proverb or quotation that inspired each artwork is handwritten in Arabic by Massoudy alongside the English texts on the facing page. Hassan Massoudy was born in Najaf, Iraq. He moved to France in 1969.



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B4213. Calligraphies of Love /Massoudy
B4213. Calligraphies of Love by Hassan Massoudy. 2017. 128pp. 5.6"x7.1". Paper.

Inspired by love poems from the Arab and Muslim world, Hassan Massoudy’s elegant, swirling compositions capture in calligraphy what the poets have wrought with words. Through broad strokes and vibrant colors, the artist conveys the essence and meaning of love as captured by Rumi, Khalil Gibran, Ibn Zaydoun, and Paul Eluard among others.



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B4282. How to Read Islamic Calligraphy / Ekhtiar
B4282. How to Read Islamic Calligraphy by Maryam D. Ekhtiar. 2018. 156pp. 8"x10.5". Paper

In a clear and understandable way, this book introduces the five major script types, demonstrates their distinctive visual characteristics, and explains the various contexts in which each one came to be used, whether for transcribing the Qur’an, composing poetry, or issuing written edicts from the sultan’s court. The book traces the progression of calligraphic styles over centuries and across geographical regions, including numerous examples of the transmission of styles and techniques from master to pupil, which was fundamental to the flourishing of Islamic calligraphy. This accessible and engaging - and superbly illustrated - book includes manuscripts, glass, metalware, and ceramic tiles. 141 color illustrations.



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