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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press Inc.,U.S.; New Ed edition (30 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789208792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789208798
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.9 x 2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,025,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gabriel Mandel Khan is an official of the Jerrahi-Halveti Sufi Brotherhood in Italy and a member of the Cambridge Islamic Academy.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Arabic Script: Review 26 Nov 2009
By D. S. - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is beautiful to the eye. It has many pages of Arabic Script Art to review and has an interesting introduction that in my opinion was worth reading. The quality of the material used to make the paperback book I purchased was superior. This is a plus as I will use it for reference the many Arabic Scripts.

The buyer should beware that this book will not teach a novice to the Arabic language, the Arabic script in its many variations. The book also transliterates many of the Arabic Scripts when referencing the art (or non-standard Arabic script). In my opinion it would have been helpful to have the Arabic Script in one of the many modern standard type faces for more advance Arabic students.

You may also want to know that it has comments on each letter. Whether the comment is linguistic, historic, religious, or superstitious I felt it lacked the depth as to why the reader should even consider the comment. Finally, I would like to point out that in many instances when I saw beautiful calligraphic art it lacked explanation. In other words, if you are like me and are not an advance Arabic Script graphic designer you may not appreciate some of the art works because you may not have the ability to decipher the script.

I agree with the books statement on the rear cover when it says a book for linguist, graphic designers, and collectors of Islamic art. However, I disagree with the statement that it is for those who wish to become familiar with the rudiments of the alphabet. This book is not for the beginner unless he / she only wishes to look at the beauty of the letters, words, and art.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An AWAIR Pick 19 April 2011
By AWAIR Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Arabic script is one of the world's major forms of writing. It has importance not only as a widespread secular language, but also because it is the language of the Quran. In the very first verse of the Quran, reading and writing are praised as the source of all knowledge and all spiritual or scientific paths of change. From this text has developed a reverence for books and a love of writing. Eventually Arabic script gave rise to calligraphic art of astonishing beauty - approached like music with its own rules of composition, rhythm, and harmony so as to elicit a joyous presence from the viewer. In this intriguing book the history and meaning of each letter is given as well as its cultural, religious and philosophical significance. Profusely illustrated - 300 black-&- white line drawings.
Teachers/Librarians: Don't balk at the price - 7th graders will love this book and find many creative ways to use it! Very suitable for 6th-12th grades - social studies/humanities.
Great explanatories 14 Feb 2014
By eaglecliff - Published on Amazon.com
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I have always considered Arabic to be beautifully written, and am enjoying learning the craft. I doubt I can ever master the language, but I am determined to master the Calligraphy for art pieces. This book is guiding me.
Good 30 Dec 2013
By Abu Hisham - Published on Amazon.com
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This is gonna be a good guide for me for calligraphy practice. I will use the book for styles and see.
Source book for beginners 7 Dec 2007
By Michael Jacobs - Published on Amazon.com
This small work is an excellent introduction to Arabic calligraphy, especially for beginners. It contains numerous, but not comprehensive, illustrations of many styles and periods. Highly recommended for general information or for someone considering 'taking up' Arabic calligraphy.
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