Islamic Calligraphy

Islamic Calligraphy in different styles.
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Calligraphy by Hassan Massoudy

Calligraphy by Hassan Massoudy

Calligraphy by Hassan Massoudy

Calligraphy by Hassan Massoudy

"Arabic typography Castle" by rola_fakih

"Arabic typography Castle" by rola_fakih

From ”Calligraphie Arabe Vivante”  by Hassan Massoudy (1981 edition)

From ”Calligraphie Arabe Vivante” by Hassan Massoudy (1981 edition)

From ”Calligraphie Arabe Vivante”  by Hassan Massoudy (1981 edition)

From ”Calligraphie Arabe Vivante” by Hassan Massoudy (1981 edition)

The 15th century Persian prince Baysunqur ibn Shahrukh, famous as a bibliophile, is probably the calligrapher of a large format Qur'an whose leaves measure 177 centimetres (5'10'') in height. This page, in a large 'muhaqqaq' hand, shows three verses of Sura Al-Ankabut (The Spider). The physical control and stamina required to write the entire text of the Qur'an on this scale and with such perfection must have been remarkable.

The 15th century Persian prince Baysunqur ibn Shahrukh, famous as a bibliophile, is probably the calligrapher of a large format Qur'an whose leaves measure 177 centimetres (5'10'') in height. This page, in a large 'muhaqqaq' hand, shows three verses of Sura Al-Ankabut (The Spider). The physical control and stamina required to write the entire text of the Qur'an on this scale and with such perfection must have been remarkable.

Calligraphy on Islamic coins

Calligraphy on Islamic coins

A composition from the 18th or 19th century India and now in a Riyadh collection, heavily stylized Kufic lettering is formed into a shape like a Mihrab or prayer niche. The four central panels contain part of Sura Al-Qalam (The Pen) of the Qur'an.

A composition from the 18th or 19th century India and now in a Riyadh collection, heavily stylized Kufic lettering is formed into a shape like a Mihrab or prayer niche. The four central panels contain part of Sura Al-Qalam (The Pen) of the Qur'an.

Sadequain's (a self made, self taught artist) calligraphy at Lahore Museum, Pakistan.

Sadequain's (a self made, self taught artist) calligraphy at Lahore Museum, Pakistan.

This page in vigorous Maghribi hand, is from a Qur'an probably copied in the 13th century in the Muslim Kingdom of Grenada, the last bastion of Islam in Spain. It shows the end of Sura Yunus (The Prophet Jonah) and the beginning of Sura Hud (The Prophet Hud) separated by an illuminated chapter heading in Andalusian Kufic.

This page in vigorous Maghribi hand, is from a Qur'an probably copied in the 13th century in the Muslim Kingdom of Grenada, the last bastion of Islam in Spain. It shows the end of Sura Yunus (The Prophet Jonah) and the beginning of Sura Hud (The Prophet Hud) separated by an illuminated chapter heading in Andalusian Kufic.

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