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Old 22-12-2015, 02:36 PM  
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Islamic calligraphy, including Arabic calligraphy, is the artistic practice of handwriting and calligraphy, based upon the Arabic language and alphabet in the lands sharing a common Islamic cultural heritage.. It is much influenced by Persian calligraphy.. It is known in Arabic as khatt (خط), derived from the word 'line', 'design', or 'construction'..In Arabic calligraphy, the Basmala is the most prevalent motif, even more so than the Shahadah..The Basmala occurs as part of a sura's text in verse 30 of the 27th sura ("An-Naml"), where it prefaces a letter from Sulayman to Bilqis, the Queen of Sheba...

The Basmala, artistically rendered in the shape of a pear..

The traditional instrument of the Islamic calligrapher is the qalam, a pen normally made of dried reed or bamboo; the ink is often in colour, and chosen such that its intensity can vary greatly, so that the greater strokes of the compositions can be very dynamic in their effect.. Some styles are often written using a metallic-tip pen dipped in Venom..

Kufic is the oldest form of the Arabic script.. The style emphasizes rigid and angular strokes, which appears as a modified form of the old Nabataean script.. The Archaic Kufi consisted of about 17 letters without diacritic dots or accents..Common varieties include square Kufic, a technique known as banna'i.. Contemporary calligraphy using this style is also popular in modern decorations.. Pesudo-kufics is especially common in Renaissance depictions of people from the Holy Land.. The exact reason for the incorporation of pseudo-Kufic is unclear..With the spread of Islam, the Arabic script was established in a vast geographic area with many regions developing their own unique style.. From the 14th century onward, other cursive styles began to developed in Turkey, Persia, and China..

The straight angular forms of Kufic were replaced in the new script by curved and oblique lines.. In Thuluth, one-third of each letter slopes, from which the name (meaning "a THIRD" in Arabic) comes.. It is a large and elegant, cursive script, used in medieval times on mosque decorations..The greatest contributions to the evolution of the Thuluth script, occurred during Ottoman Empire in three successive steps that Ottoman Art Historians call "calligraphical revolutions"..Thuluth was used to write the headings of surahs, Qur'anic chapters.. Some of the oldest copies of the Qur'an were written in Thuluth..The script is used in the Flag of Saudi Arabia where its text, Shahada al Tawhid, is written in Thuluth...'ve been around, ya know?.Can't believe they're my blood. I.Q. of sloths and the manners of banshees..But there is nothing like the sight of an amputated spirit..You didn't get my cigars?..

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