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Arabic Calligraphy and Design

I’ve been studying the Arabic language since I was a child and one thing I’ve always wanted to learn was calligraphy. I loved the way artists would use the Arabic letters to form a word into shapes and animals. Recently I have seen graphic designers do the same, they integrate the Arabic calligraphy style into their designs and typography. The Arab world has always been big on typographical art. This is mainly due to the fact that in Islam, which is the main religion is majority of Arab countries, it is forbidden to draw religious figures such as the prophets and God. So, Muslims had to improvise and would use calligraphy as a way to decorate mosques and holy books. Therefore, calligraphy has always been a popular form of art and it is interesting to see it carry on into our modern age of technology and computers.