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Squared Kufic Script with Dr Nassar Mansour 

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10:30- 17:30


Dr Nassar Mansour

Another wonderful course on Squared Kufic Script with Dr Nassar Mansour.

Master Calligrapher Dr Nassar Mansour will introduce students to Squared Kufic Script with a historical development of the style on both manuscripts and buildings. This monumental script was developed in the 13th century. It was the most popular style used in the architecture of Central Asia, Iran and Afghanistan. The character designs were made in square forms with black lines interspersed with white, using the same system found on a chessboard.

Students at the beginning of the course will learn the basic methods that are essential for writing Kufic letters. The course concludes with each participant making a final piece in Kufic.

Please note: Whilst this course will be taught in English, a basic knowledge of the Arabic alphabet would be helpful.

This course is part of the Bagri Foundation Open Programme at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, which aims to develop the 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 dedicated to Muhaqqaq script contributed to the revival of the script. Nassar has exhibited his calligraphies widely and lectures on Arabic Calligraphy and Islamic Arts History at the Institute of Islamic Arts and Architecture and at the World Islamic Sciences and Education, Amman.

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