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Arabic Calligraphy: Naskh Script for Beginners [Paperback]

Mustafa Ja'far , Venetia Porter
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21 Jan 2002
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.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: British Museum Press (21 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714114995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714114996
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 21.1 x 28.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mustafa Ja'far is an Iraqi-British artist and graphic designer. His interest in Arabic calligraphy began when he studied the subject under the eminent Iraqi master calligrapher Hashim Muhammad al-Khattat al-Baghdadi between 1969 and 1971. He also studied painting and design in Baghdad and Rome and worked as an Art Director in the Gulf region between 1978 and 1990. He has conducted numerous. Arabic calligraphy workshops and demonstrations at The British Museum and many other museums and cultural institutions around the UK.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best so far 20 Nov 2009
By Milady
Very very good book. I'd been looking for a workbook for Arabic Calligraphy for years but never found any. This is not just a workbook, but also a very good one. Lots of good information about the process, and beautifully clear letters and instruction.

It's probably important to point out that this is about calligraphy, and not about just writing Arabic as a language, since that does differ.

I had wondered about the 'ayn letter, and had tried to reproduce it with oblique nibbed pens, and here was the revelation of how they arrived at that shape! Well worth it. I wish this author would do a series of such books on the different scripts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 15 Sep 2012
By Ahmed
This is a fantastic beginners guide to calligraphy. Seriously reccomend to anyone starting off in Arabic calligraphy. It gives the reader the separate strokes for each letter and it gives you examples of how to write them in words. Top book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellen t for beginners 20 May 2012
By Saeed
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this book teaches the reader how to do Arabic calligraphy. From writng individual letters to joining letters together. The author has provided notes on the side of each letter to tell how to begin with esch letter. I wish there were some colour manuscript examples included at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for beginners 31 May 2013
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I am a beginner in calligraphy, this book is very useful as it tells you how to make the strokes and all. I would love it if there are more variety of scripts book like this for beginners. This book is useful for those who know the Arabic script, can read and write despite not speaking or knowing the meaning of the Arabic text you've read (common with those who read the Holy Quran in arabic but with translation of course in their respective languages). Amazing book. I really found it useful. Loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arabic Calligraphy in its simplicity 24 Jun 2011
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This is a very good and beautiful book to introduce Arabic Calligraphy to the masses. Each letter is a piece of art. Each letter has a message and structure which can be easily and logically understood, but never copied.
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