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Islamic calligraphy is something familiar to me, I hold it close and dear to my heart. Having grown up a Muslim, I never gave my self a chance to explore the arts in Islam mainly because we were taught iconography is not something practiced within the Islamic tradition. Until recently did I start exploring what art is in Islam. Islamic calligraphy is the manipulation of the forms of the letters within the arabic alphabet to sophistication.

I learned that the emphasis that is put into geometry in calligraphy as well as Islamic decoration serves a purpose to reel the viewer into deeper contemplation rather than distraction of iconographies. That is why when entering the majority of Islamic prayer centers one will notice implemented calligraphy within the architecture rather than images of beings. There are many types of calligraphies within the Islamic traditions and they are usually styles based off of different regions.



  1. kkeyserp wrote:

    This reminds me of my art history class when we studied Sultan Suleiman’s signature. Islamic art is often overlooked because human depictions aren’t often the focus. But the exclusion of people allowed for advanced geometry and abstract flourishes to become the artistic norm. I find Islamic calligraphy very relaxing to look at, which I’m sure is the intended purpose.

    Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 8:50 am | Permalink
  2. hhamwi wrote:

    I have also recently begun to explore Arabic calligraphy for another class. I was very surprised to find how hard it is to make something that aesthetically pleasing, but you can also read.

    Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 6:29 pm | Permalink