"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.
A Comprehensive Step-By-Step Study of the Thuluth Script
Author: Omar N. Uddin
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
""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.
Author: Omar Uddin
Publisher: Omar Uddin Calligraphy
Category: Calligraphy, Arabic
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.
Sacred Geometry and the Science of Arabic Penmanship
Author: Ahmed Moustafa,Stefan Sperl
Publisher: Inner Traditions
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
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.
Naskh Script for Beginners
Author: Mustafa Ja'far
Category: Arabic language
Looks at the history and the philosophical, theological, and cultural significance of Arabic script, tracing its development through both secular and religious realms.
Styles, Variants, and Calligraphic Adaptations
Author: Gabriel Mandel Khan,Rosanna M. Giammanco Frongia
The history of Inner Asia from the arrival of Islam to the present day.
Author: Svat Soucek
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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.
Its History and Social Meaning : with a Complete Survey of Key Monuments and 758 Illustrations, 112 in Colour
Author: George Michell
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
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.
Forms and Typologies, Sites and Monuments
Author: John Burton-Page
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
A Conversation with Seyyed Hossein Nasr on His Life and Thought
Author: Seyyed Hossein Nasr,Ramin Jahanbegloo
Category: Biography & Autobiography
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.
Book Culture and The American Press in Nineteenth-Century Beirut
Author: Hala Auji
An introduction to the Qur'an (Koran), a text that has guided the lives of millions.
Author: Jane Dammen McAuliffe
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
"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.
Author: Shamil Jeppie,Souleymane Bachir Diagne
Publisher: Human Sciences Research Council
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.
Author: Volker Märgner,Haikal El Abed
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
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
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