Arabic Calligraphy: Naskh style for beginners by Mustafa Ja'far

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Posted by txilar on May 31, 2002 at 16:37:16:

In reply to: Arabic words posted by Hella on May 30, 2002 at 18:56:30:

Can't help on the Hindi but there is a really nice book out entitled
Arabic Calligraphy: Naskh style for beginners by Mustafa Ja'far. The
book details the basics of writing in Arabic just like a roman
language calligraphic text. It then gives a sampling of connections
and the liberties one can and cannot take. In Arabic certain letters
do not connect in the way that other letters do. This is important to
know when writing Arabic script. The book is directed at calligraphy
only and doesn't really go into pronunciation and such; it seems to
assume one knows this already, but such knowledge isn't completely
necessary to comprehend the artistic styling of the letters. It just
really really helps to know what you are writing, especially since
Arabic has letters and sounds not found in many (if any) other
languages. For a book on pronunciation and basic writing I highly
recommend The Arabic Alphabet by Nicholas Awde and Putros Samano. It
is excellent.

: : If I may make a request, I'd like to see a book with arabic and
: hindi
: : words written in attractive patterns and plain so we can use them
: in
: : our art. I have all the stuff in CCJ's book and free patterns
: I
: : love them, but I'd like to have more words to work with. I have
: : book on how to write arabic but it only gives one word at a time
: and
: : in one typed script, so I'm not sure where I can modify the
: letters'
: : look without actually changing them. I especially like the words
: as
: : pictures, like the twin love doves. Is there a good source
: : Lauren


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