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Fatimid Kufic Script with Dr Nassar Mansour

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10:30- 17:30


Dr Nassar Mansour

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Kufic named after the city of Kufa in southern Iraq. Kufic and its variants were used almost exclusively among early scripts for writing the Qur’an. This angular script used widely for writing religious and formal texts on different surfaces such as: paper, wood, stone, ceramic and textiles. Arabic calligraphy through the use of ornamental Kufic, became one of the most important design themes in Islamic Art, a great tradition which survives to this day.

The course will introduce students to Arabic Fatimid Kufic Script with a historical development of the style on both manuscripts and buildings. Students at the beginning of the course will learn the basic methods that important/essential for writing Kufic letters. The course concludes with each participant making a final piece in Kufic of his own design.

This course is part of the Bagri Foundation Open Programme at The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, which aims to develop Asian arts courses at The School.

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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