Dervish calligraphy

Can anyone decipher the writing in these images? They were sent in by a visitor to Omniglot.

Dervishes in Arabic script calligraphy

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3 Responses to Dervish calligraphy

  1. TJ says:

    This is highly calligraphic art using Tholoth style. The left image is in fact mirrored.
    I would need more time to be able to read it (but it can be non-Arabic as well because the art depicts a dancing man, common in Sofism way).

  2. TJ says:

    I think it is not Arabic… could be Turkish or Farsi. I don’t recognize any quranic phrases, so it might be as well lines from a poem (and it could be one of the poems of Mathnawi, or Masnawi).

  3. Vijay John says:

    I can’t read (Tholoth) calligraphy, but if you can transcribe it in Naskh, I might be able to help decipher it! 😛

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