This short course introduces students to Arabic Calligraphy: Hüsnühat, according to the Ottoman School of writing.
The course is a practical introduction to Islamic/Arabic writing. It will provide participants with a step-by-step guide to writing Arabic letters in the Nesih/Naskh script. This script is a fine and delicate style most commonly used for printing in Arabic. As Omar Baba states, the ‘root of this nasakh-a means “to copy”. It either refers to the fact that it replaced its predecessor, Kufi script, or that this style allows faster copying of texts. It is written using a small, very fine pen known as a cava pen, which makes the script eminently suitable for use in book production’.
Gulnaz Mahboob will introduce students to the traditional tools and materials used to practice Islamic Calligraphy in the Ottoman tradition.
This course is part of the Bagri Foundation Open Programme at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts which aims to expand the Asian arts courses at The School.