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Diwani Script with Dr Nassar Mansour

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10:30 - 17:30


Dr Nassar Mansour

We are delighted to announce that this summer at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, Master Calligrapher Dr Nassar Mansour will introduce students to the Diwani script, its historical development and form.

Diwani is a very round style, which was developed during the reign of the early Ottoman in the 16th century and reached its peak during the 19th century. It was used particularly in the writing of all royal decrees and chancellery documents, and is still used for invitation and greeting cards.

Students at the beginning of the course will learn how to prepare their own reed pen and will practice writing the letters of the Diwani alphabet in their individual and joined forms using the traditional calligraphy reed pen. The course concludes with each participant making a piece in Diwani.

Dr Nassar Mansour

Dr Mansour is one of the most accomplished contemporary calligraphers in the Arab world. After studying Islamic Studies and Economics at the University of Jordan, he turned to Islamic art and calligraphy and in 2003 received a calligraphy diploma (ijaza) from the renowned Turkish master Hassan Çelebi. His PhD from The Prince's School of Traditional Arts was dedicated to Muhaqqaq script and contributed to the revival of the script. Nassar has exhibited his calligraphies widely and lectures on Arabic Calligraphy and Islamic Arts History for the Institute of Islamic Arts and Architecture and the World Islamic Sciences and Education, Amman.

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