Video: UNESCO – Arabic calligraphy: knowledge, skills and practices

by Media Desk Published on: 21st December 2021

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Arabic calligraphy is the artistic practice of handwriting Arabic script in a fluid manner to convey harmony, grace and beauty. Its fluidity offers infinite possibilities, even within a single word, since letters can be stretched and transformed to create different motifs.

Arabic calligraphy is widespread in Arab and non-Arab countries and is practised by men and women of all ages. Originally intended to make writing clear and legible, it gradually became an Islamic Arab art for traditional and modern works. Skills are transmitted informally or through formal schools or apprenticeships.

Maghrebi Kufic script in the 9th or 10th century Blue Quran- Wikipedia (CC BY 2.5) – Archived Link

Country(ies): Saudi Arabia; Algeria; Bahrain; Egypt; Iraq; Jordan; Kuwait; Lebanon; Mauritania; Morocco; Oman; Palestine; Sudan; Tunisia; United Arab Emirates; Yemen

UNESCO: Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity – 2021

Rediscovering Arabic Science

by Richard Covington Published on: 12th August 2009

The magazine Saudi Aramco World published in May-June 2007 an interesting folder on Arabic and Islamic science. The folder of 20 pages consists of several articles illustrated with a rich iconography and accompanied with illuminating…

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