Arabic Calligraphy: Naskh script for beginners

by Mustafa Ja’far4180yt8HYyL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_
McGraw-Hill, 2002
32 pages, $10.95, paperback
ISBN 9780071400442
Rating: ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ 

page2A great deal. It’s only 32 (large) pages but packs a lot in. This is a lovely reference for beginning calligraphy, but also for improving your day-to-day handwriting.

Instructions on cutting reed nibs. Each letter presented in huge format (which is a great help in starting to analyze what is going on) with stroke order and proportions. The last few pages are all kinds of words for the student to trace or copy, smaller than the original presentation but still really big. Plus a gallery of Naskh script past and present, and three practice pages of  Murakkabat, the individual letters now joined up. These are crammed with samples, all fitted together beautifully. Notes there are very helpful.

Mustafa Ja’far studied painting, calligraphy and design in Baghdad under master calligrapher Hashim al-Baghdad and continued his mustafaart studies in Rome. In 1991, he established his own studio, which showcases his own calligraphy. From 2001 to 2011, he taught Arabic calligraphy for the University of London at the British Museum.


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