- an introduction to the Arabic script, both printed and hand-written,
which also teaches you how to read some basic words and phrases and
some of the signs you're likely to encounter in Arabic-speaking countries.
Alif Baa with DVDs: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds
by Kristen E. Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal and Abbas Al-Tonsi
- teaches you Arabic pronunication and how to read and write Arabic letters.
Also introduces about 150 basic vocabulary words, including conventional forms
of politeness and social greetings in Standard Arabic and Egyptian Colloquial
Arabic. Highly recommended for those beginning to study Arabic.
Arabic Script - Styles, Variants, and Calligraphic Adaptations
by Gabriel Mandel Khan
- a richly illustrated introduction to the Arabic script and Arabic
calligraphy. Includes details of the history of written Arabic, the
numerous Arabic script styles, and examples of texts from various sources
depicting the wide range of calligraphic styles.
- an informative and beautifully illustrated guide to Arabic Calligraphy
that includes information about its historical background, and discusses the
aesthetics, techniques, styles, and structure of the art.
- an easy-to-follow, self-study guide to writing Arabic in the Naskh style,
which is among the most popular of the six major Arabic scripts. A stroke-by-stroke
guide for learning Arabic calligraphy, it progresses from the initial, medial,
and final forms of Arabic letters to joined letters and on to complete words.
Guidelines also help you determine which pens, ink, and writing angle to use
for best results.
- Arabic calligraphy is at once an expression of piety, aesthetic sensibility and artistic
discipline. Muhaqqaq was an early term which captured care, clarity and meticulousness in calligraphy.
It was associated with the making of manuscripts of the Qur'an - a sacred task and one which helped
to give the new Islamic order both identity and coherence. Muhaqqaq energed in the eleventh century
as the name for one of six classical scripts. This is the first book devoted entirely to Muhaqqaq
tradition. Nassar Mansour, himself a highly respected calligrapher, here traces the development of
Muhaqqaq. His book also presents examples of his own work in Muhaqqaq whish demonstrate the enduring
value of this script for today.
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