ARABIC SCRIPT. IDEAL FOR DESIGNERS. Shows examples of texts, manuscripts, and other sources depicting a wide range of calligraphic styles. SKU: 03702-6248
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180 PAGES - Gabriel Mandel Khan - ENGLISH/ARABIC,
From Library Journal The author of previous books
on Islamic history and a calligrapher and engraver himself, Khan begins this
study of Arabic script by sketching the development of the Arabic alphabet and
the various scripts in which it has been written. The first half of the book is
then devoted to the treatment of individual letters whose shapes vary depending
on the letter's position within a word. As many as 33 different styles, or
scripts, are illustrated for each letter. The letter's pronunciation is given in
cursory fashion, and its vocal value in reciting the Koran is defined in rather
technical terms (some of which are explained in the glossary). The latter half
provides an amazing assortment of historic examples of Arabic writing. Not
included, however, are instructions for writing the actual letters (a better
choice for that would be Nicholas Awde and Putros Samano's The Arabic Alphabet:
How To Read and Write It, 1987). With its hundreds of illustrations ranging over
many centuries, this book is a visual treat even for readers unfamiliar with
Arabic. Of particular interest to calligraphers and graphic designers. Margarete
Gross, Chicago P.L. Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this
Product Description One of the world’s major forms
of writing, Arabic script is the language of the Koran and it became widespread
as a result of Islamic conquests of much of the world. The Koran places great
importance on writing, and in the first verse of the holy book, reading and
writing with the calamus, or reed pen, are praised as the source of all
knowledge and all spiritual or scientific paths of change. For this reason the
Islamic world is known for its reverence for books, as well as its love of
writing. Eventually Arabic script gave rise to calligraphic art, which became an
art form of astonishing beauty. More highly regarded than painting, Arabic
calligraphy is approached aesthetically like music, with its own rules of
composition, rhythm, and harmony.
This enlightening book helps us discover an alphabet that throughout the
centuries has been linked to the secular and religious worlds of Islam. The text
explains the history and meaning of each letter, as well as its philosophical,
theological, and cultural significance, and 300 two-color and black-and-white
pictures illustrate the letters, their variants, and calligraphic adaptations.
An ideal book for linguists, graphic designers, and collectors of Islamic art,
Arabic Script will also prove handy for travelers who wish to become familiar
with the rudiments of the alphabet.