Learning Arabic Calligraphy

Learning Arabic Calligraphy
Arabic Calligraphy is Art الخط العربي فن

calligr1“Arabic Calligraphy is an Art”; this was the phrase that started the long anticipated lecture on Arabic calligraphy at AA. Although it may seem like a simple subject, not many people know how to write or read the different scripts of the Arabic language. Although it was a one hour lecture, which I wish could’ve been more, it was enough to give a brief introduction to our students and have them write with a professional calligraphy pen. We were lucky to have Mr. Mohamed Hamam, a professional Khattat, or Calligrapher, and a very good one. Once he sat down on his desk to write, he produced all kinds of calligraphy pens and tools.

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The more interesting pens were made from bamboo then cut (with a cutter by hand). Then he would dip it into a little bottle of ink and starts writing. One by one all students had their names written in different scripts.

Mr. Hamam explained that Calligraphy is an art, not just a means for communication and therefore; he wrote one name in so many different forms in so many different scripts. All the calligraphy I had seen while visiting monuments came to mind. Because Islam prohibits the use of icons in religious architecture, calligraphy serves as a means of decoration. It is in all sorts of objects such as vases, lamps and pottery. Calligraphy and the art of the pen are revered by Muslims; because in the Quran Allah makes an oath Swearing by Nun, a letter of the Arabic alphabet and the pen. Until today, there’s nothing that could replace the hand writing of calligraphy and computer scripts hardly do justice to such a rich heritage.

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