Arabic Calligraphy Mastery Series - Thuluth

A Comprehensive Step-By-Step Study of the Thuluth Script

Author: Omar N. Uddin

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781539972488

Category:

Page: 200

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"THULUTH" is a game changing instructional book that aims to teach the art of Arabic Calligraphy in a truly comprehensive and step-wise method. The book looks to synergize traditional techniques of learning the art that have survived the test of time with contemporary learning methods that have proven to develop skills faster than ever. The result is a book that is not only an ultimate road map for absolute beginners but also a timeless guide for experienced calligraphers.

Learn to Write Arabic Calligraphy

Author: Omar Uddin

Publisher: Omar Uddin Calligraphy

ISBN: 9780993614507

Category: Calligraphy, Arabic

Page: 159

View: 1940

""Anyone learning on their own can benefit immensely from this book as it contains exercises to build core competencies that are needed and then moves on to letter formation and then to the connecting of groups of letters. It's the only book of it's kind that I've been able to find that's written in english!"" - Omar Khan, sotne.com ""This book is a hidden treasure compared to all the other books out there for calligraphy enthusiast who are looking for a comprehensive guide to arabic calligraphy in english. The author does a great job in breaking down the techniques, guides you with traditional information and is not afraid to use modern methodology when needed to help the student. With a short intro to history, and detail of breaking down the strokes with color codes, this book is really helpful. I highly recommend this book." "- Aisha Changezi This 160 page book is a beginner's guide to learning Arabic calligraphy. Apart from the many pages of pure content on the scripting art, the book covers several intangible issues and roadblocks faced by starters and provides ways of overcoming them. Recommended practice routines and tips on staying determined are highlighted to provide help to the beginner. The book begins its journey by reviewing the astounding roots and evolution of the Arabic script and how the scripts in use today emerged over time. Using a staggered approach, the book begins from the absolute basics - the inidivdual letters. The book does not end at instructions on scripting paired letters and full words, but actually leads students into creating full-blown masterpieces.

The Cosmic Script

Sacred Geometry and the Science of Arabic Penmanship

Author: Ahmed Moustafa,Stefan Sperl

Publisher: Inner Traditions

ISBN: 9781620553961

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 688

View: 6560

A fully illustrated, landmark study of Islamic calligraphy traced back to its deepest historical and cultural roots • Explores the sacred geometry of each letter form of the Arabic alphabet as attributed to renowned 10th-century scribe Ibn Muqla • Traces Ibn Muqla’s system to the cross-cultural encounter between Greek learning and the scientific, artistic, and philosophical pursuits of classical Islam • A richly illustrated, two-volume presentation of decades of research with more than 430 full-color illustrations Calligraphy is the central visual art of Islam. At its core resides a perennial challenge: What letter shapes traced by human hands are rightful bearers of the divine message? The answer lies in the “Proportioned Script” of Ibn Muqla, renowned scribe, man of letters, and minister under the great Abbasid Caliphate in 10th-century Baghdad. Emphasizing harmony and geometry, Ibn Muqla’s system has governed the practice of Arabic scribal art up to the present day. In this two-volume, richly illustrated study, Ahmed Moustafa and Stefan Sperl analyze each letter form of Ibn Muqla’s perfected penmanship and share their decades of research on Islamic letter shapes, revealing the history, linguistics, philosophy, theology, and sacred geometry that underlie this spiritual art form. In volume one the authors reveal the trilogy of prophecy, penmanship, and geometry at the foundation of Ibn Muqla’s Proportioned Script. Providing a fully illustrated analysis of Islamic calligraphy’s geometrical principles as transmitted in surviving writings and key manuscript sources, they examine the geometric grid of square, circle, and hexagon that informs the pen strokes of each letter shape and explore how the golden ratio appears within the matrix of the grid. They examine the development of Ibn Muqla’s system in the context of the sciences, arts, and penmanship of 10th-century Baghdad and trace its origins to the cross-cultural encounter between Greek learning and the scientific, artistic, and philosophical pursuits of classical Islam. In volume two the authors analyze the calligraphic forms of each letter of the Arabic alphabet. They decode the sacred geometry of each form as it appears within the geometric grid, providing letter samples from ancient sources. Unearthing the theoretical and scientific foundations of Arabic calligraphy, this landmark study examines the aesthetic implications of Ibn Muqla’s theory for the visual, verbal, and aural arts of Islam as well as the Islamic mystical tradition.

Arabic Calligraphy

Naskh Script for Beginners

Author: Mustafa Ja'far

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780714114996

Category: Arabic language

Page: 32

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The first stroke-by-stroke guide ever produced for learning to write Naskh, one of the six major cursive Arabic scripts. Its origins can be traced back to the late eighth century AD and it is still in use today, over 1300 years later. The Ottoman Turks considered Naskh the script most suited for copying the Qur'an and today more Qur'ans are copied in Naskh throughout the Islamic world than in all other Arabic scripts combined. This introductory workbook makes it possible for everyone to learn and enjoy the beauty of Arabic calligraphy. Based on his experience of running workshops and demonstrations at The British Museum and other cultural institutions around the UK, Mustafa Ja'far has created an easy-to-follow, teach-yourself guide.

An Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy

Author: Ghani Alani

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780764351730

Category: Art

Page: 80

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With a photo-rich teaching method that's welcoming to everyone, this introduction helps you use ink and a qalam a traditional reed pen to create flowing, timelessly decorative lines of Arabic script. The book begins with the history behind this art that decorates writings and architecture worldwide. Master calligrapher Alani next shows you how to choose the materials and prepare your tools. After a quick introduction to how the Arabic language works, he guides you through exercises to help you successfully write the 28 Arabic letters, join them together, and finally assemble them into phrases. Once you have mastered the basics, explore creating graphic compositions in each of seven major styles (Kufic, Thuluth, Naskh, Persian, Turkish, Riqaa and Maghrebi). Sometimes it takes years to be able to decipher a composition, but meanwhile, you can enjoy its aesthetic beauty. This guide helps beginners, like centuries of people before them, create graceful, meaningful art from words."

Arabic Script

Styles, Variants, and Calligraphic Adaptations

Author: Gabriel Mandel Khan,Rosanna M. Giammanco Frongia

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780789208798

Category: Art

Page: 180

View: 5460

Looks at the history and the philosophical, theological, and cultural significance of Arabic script, tracing its development through both secular and religious realms.

A History of Inner Asia

Author: Svat Soucek

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521657044

Category: History

Page: 369

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The history of Inner Asia from the arrival of Islam to the present day.

Islamic Calligraphy

Author: Sheila Blair

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780748635405

Category: Art

Page: 681

View: 779

WINNER OF THE BRITISH-KUWAIT FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY PRIZE 2007 'This must be the best book ever written about Islamic Calligraphy. Its author has carefully judged it to meet the demands not only of anyone interested in Arabic writing, but also of specialists. The Judges Panel agreed that this is a work of profound erudition and insight.' Now available in paperback, this stunning book is an important contribution to a key area of non-western art, being the first reference work on art of beautiful writing in Arabic script. The extensive use of writing is a hallmark of Islamic civilization. Calligraphy, the art of beautiful writing, became one of the main methods of artistic expression from the seventh century to the present in almost all regions from the far Maghrib, or Islamic West, to India and beyond. Arabic script was adopted for other languages from Persian and Turkish to Kanembu and Malay. Sheila Blair's groundbreaking book explains this art form to modern readers and shows them how to identify, understand and appreciate its varied styles and modes. The book is designed to offer a standardized terminology for identifying and describing various styles of Islamic calligraphy, and to help Westerners appreciate why calligraphy has long been so important in Islamic civilization. The argument is enhanced by the inclusion of more than 150 colour illustrations, as well as over 100 black-and-white details that highlight the salient features of the individual scripts and hands. Examples are chosen from dated or datable examples with secure provenance, for the problem of forgeries and copies (both medieval and modern) is rampant. The illustrations are accompanied by detailed analyses telling the reader what to look for in determining both style and quality of script. This beautiful book is an ideal reference for anyone with an interest in Islamic art.

The Qur'an

An Encyclopedia

Author: Oliver Leaman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134339755

Category: Reference

Page: 772

View: 394

A RUSA 2007 Outstanding Reference Title The Qur'an is the source of inspiration for one of the world's major religions, followed today by over a billion people. It plays a central role in Islam and ever since it appeared fourteen hundred years ago has been the subject of intense debate. Some of this has been carried out by Muslims and some by those hostile or indifferent to Islam, producing a very wide range of views. Authored by forty-three international experts, the objective of The Qur'an: An Encyclopedia is to present this diversity of thought, approach and school without priority, in order to give a strong appreciation of the range of response that the text has provoked throughout its history and providing students and researchers with a powerful one-volume resource covering all aspects of the text and its reception. Islam and the Qur'an are much in the news today and there is a public debate going on in which things are said about the Qur'an without much knowledge or understanding of the book. Every effort has been made to help the reader use the Encyclopedia as an investigative tool in Quranic studies. The volume assumes no previous knowledge of the Qur'an, Islam or Arabic. Technical terms are explained in the text itself and the style of each entry is designed to be as self-contained as possible. Entries are cross-referenced and many include a brief bibliography. At the end of the work there is a substantial annotated bibliography providing a detailed guide to the most significant books, journals and articles in Qur'anic Studies. There is a full index. The readership will include those seeking basic information on the Qur'an, however the substantial number of longer entries means that it will also be used by specialists.

A History of Ottoman Architecture

Author: John Freely

Publisher: WIT Press

ISBN: 1845645065

Category: Architecture

Page: 437

View: 3617

This book, intended for audiences with an interest in architecture, particularly that of the Ottoman Turks, is focused on the history of the extant buildings in the Republic of Turkey. The books begins with a brief history of the Ottoman Empire and develops by outlining the mains features of Ottoman architecture and discusses the biography of the great Ottoman architect Sinan.The successive chapters will follow the development Ottoman architecture, first in Iznik (Nicaea), then in Bursa and Edirne, their first and second capitals, and finally in Istanbul, the capital from 1453 until 1923. The first of the several chapters on Istanbul will describe the rebuilding of the city, Greek Constantinople, after its conquest in 1454 by Sultan Mehmet II, who began the construction program that created a new Muslim capital. The remaining chapters will follow the development of the Ottoman architecture in Istanbul during the reigns of Mehmet's successors, particularly Süleyman the Magnificent, who with his chief architect Sinab erected the most splendid mosque complexes that still adorn the old city.

Architecture of the Islamic World

Its History and Social Meaning : with a Complete Survey of Key Monuments and 758 Illustrations, 112 in Colour

Author: George Michell

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 9780500278475

Category: Architecture

Page: 288

View: 511

Offers a survey of Islamic architecture through essays that discuss how different structures reflect the culture, and profiles with maps, photographs, details, and descriptions of noteworthy buildings.

Indian Islamic Architecture

Forms and Typologies, Sites and Monuments

Author: John Burton-Page

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004163395

Category: Architecture

Page: 194

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The articles by John Burton-Page on Indian Islamic architecture assembled in this volume give an historical overview of the subject, ranging from the mosques and tombs erected by the Delhi sultans in the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries, to the great monuments of the Mughals in the 16th and 17th centuries.

In Search of the Sacred

A Conversation with Seyyed Hossein Nasr on His Life and Thought

Author: Seyyed Hossein Nasr,Ramin Jahanbegloo

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313383243

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 373

View: 7818

In this book, a series of interviews offers an accessible, revealing, human and intellectual biography of leading Islamic scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr. * An explanatory foreword, "The Spiritual and Intellectual Journey of Seyyed Hossein Nasr" by Jamin Jahanbegloo * An introduction by Terry Moore * Organization by both chronology and concept to facilitate ease of use for students and scholars, as well as for more casual readers

Islamic Thought

An Introduction

Author: Abdullah Saeed

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134225644

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 6985

Islamic Thought is a fresh and contemporary introduction to the philosophies and doctrines of Islam. Abdullah Saeed, a distinguished Muslim scholar, traces the development of religious knowledge in Islam, from the pre-modern to the modern period. The book focuses on Muslim thought, as well as the development, production and transmission of religious knowledge, and the trends, schools and movements that have contributed to the production of this knowledge. Key topics in Islamic culture are explored, including the development of the Islamic intellectual tradition, the two foundation texts, the Qur’an and Hadith, legal thought, theological thought, mystical thought, Islamic Art, philosophical thought, political thought, and renewal, reform and rethinking today. Through this rich and varied discussion, Saeed presents a fascinating depiction of how Islam was lived in the past and how its adherents practise it in the present. Islamic Thought is essential reading for students beginning the study of Islam but will also interest anyone seeking to learn more about one of the world’s great religions.

Printing Arab Modernity

Book Culture and The American Press in Nineteenth-Century Beirut

Author: Hala Auji

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004314350

Category: History

Page: 172

View: 9685

Printing Arab Modernity presents printed books and pamphlets as important sites for visual, material, and cultural analysis in nineteenth-century Beirut, during a time of an emerging Arab modernity.

The Meanings of Timbuktu

Author: Shamil Jeppie,Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Publisher: Human Sciences Research Council

ISBN: 9780796922045

Category: History

Page: 376

View: 9160

"Salt comes from the north, gold from the south, but the word of God and the treasures of wisdom are only to be found in Timbuktu." 15th-century Malian proverb. In a joint project between South Africa and Mali, a library to preserve more than 200 000 Arabic and West African manuscripts dating from the 13th to the 19th centuries is currently under construction. It is the first official cultural project of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad), the socio-economic development plan of the African Union, and when the library is built, the cultural role of Timbuktu will be revived, as it becomes the safehaven for the treasured manuscripts. The manuscripts prove that Africa had a rich legacy of written history, long before western colonisers set foot on the continent. This volume, authored by leading international scholars, begins to sketch the 'meaning' of Timbuktu within the context of the intellectual history of West Africa, in particular, and of the African continent, in general. The book covers four broad areas: Part I provides an introduction to the region; outlines what archaeology can tell us of its history, examines the paper and various calligraphic styles used in the manuscripts; and explains how ancient institutions of scholarship functioned. Part II begins to analyse what the manuscripts can tell us of African history. Part III offers insight into the lives and works of just a few of the many scholars who achieved renown in the region and beyond. Part IV provides a glimpse into Timbuktu's libraries and private collections. Part V looks at the written legacy of the eastern half of Africa, which like that of the western region, is often ignored. A fascinating read for anyone who wishes to gain an understanding of the aura of mystique and legend that surrounds Timbuktu. The Meanings of Timbuktu strives to contextualise and clarify the importance of efforts to preserve Timbuktu's manuscripts for Mali, for Africa and for the intellectual world."--Abstract.

Guide to OCR for Arabic Scripts

Author: Volker Märgner,Haikal El Abed

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1447140729

Category: Computers

Page: 592

View: 9419

This Guide to OCR for Arabic Scripts is the first book of its kind, specifically devoted to this emerging field. Topics and features: contains contributions from the leading researchers in the field; with a Foreword by Professor Bente Maegaard of the University of Copenhagen; presents a detailed overview of Arabic character recognition technology, covering a range of different aspects of pre-processing and feature extraction; reviews a broad selection of varying approaches, including HMM-based methods and a recognition system based on multidimensional recurrent neural networks; examines the evaluation of Arabic script recognition systems, discussing data collection and annotation, benchmarking strategies, and handwriting recognition competitions; describes numerous applications of Arabic script recognition technology, from historical Arabic manuscripts to online Arabic recognition.

Al-Andalus

The Art of Islamic Spain

Author: Jerrilynn Denise Dodds,Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.),Patronato de la Alhambra

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

ISBN: 0870996363

Category: Art

Page: 432

View: 3017

From 711 when they arrived on the Iberian Peninsula until 1492 when scholars contribute a wide-ranging series of essays and catalogue entries which are fully companion to the 373 illustrations (324 in color) of the spectacular art and architecture of the nearly vanished culture. 91/2x121/2 they were expelled by Ferdinand and Isabella, the Muslims were a powerful force in al-Andalus, as they called the Iberian lands they controlled. This awe-inspiring volume, which accompanies a major exhibition presented at the Alhambra in Granada and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, is devoted to the little-known artistic legacy of Islamic Spain, revealing the value of these arts as part of an autonomous culture and also as a presence with deep significance for both Europe and the Islamic world. Twenty-four international Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR