Thursday, January 27, 2011

Guide to Arabic Calligraphy

Guide to the Arabic alphabet, "Calligraphy of the Islamic World," Sackler and Freer Gallery of Art, 2007. This pamphlet offers a chart providing information on the letters of the Arabic alphabet and it also allows you to trace the proper strokes in order to write السلام عليكم (As-Salāmu `Alaykum = "Peace be with you"). I'm not exactly sure if the chart of letter forms is all that useful, since Arabic letters (as I understand it) must change their shape depending on where they appear in a given word.

(For more on calligraphy in Muslim cultures, see this online exhibition. To see another chart of the Arabic alphabet with cute animal pictures, see this earlier post.)

1 comment:

  1. Nice post i like it.Islamic Art comprises of aesthetic portrayal of the rich cultures of Islamic societies. The most notable aspect of Islamic art is Arabic Calligraphy. The beautiful Calligraphy makes the audience feel a deep religious connection with their Creator.