Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Teach Yourself Arabic Calligraphy: Five Scripts

Teach Yourself Arabic Calligraphy: Five Scripts
pages: 159 / Arabic / pdf /5 MB

The book offers an introduction to all the major styles of calligraphy present in in the Arab east: Naskh, Thuluth, Ruq'a, Nasta'liq, Diwani... Unfortunately, no Maghrebi scripts represented, and no Kufic either.

Those scripts are Ottoman and post-Ottoman in nature, so people studying Ottoman (and to some extent Persian, because of Nasta'liq) can profit from the book. However, all the instructions are in Arabic, including the beautiful Diwani example sentences in the back.

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