The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in association with the Bagri Foundation, presents a fascinating lecture, entitled Islamic Calligraphy: Art and Practice next Thursday 25 August, 7:30 – 9pm at Asia House. Master Calligrapher Dr Nassar Mansour, one of the world’s most accomplished contemporary calligraphers, holds the talk, addressing why calligraphy is so important in Islam, bringing together, history, philosophy and artistic practice. Dr Mansour explores the early development of Arabic calligraphy and its association with the Divine word of God, the Qur’an.
As calligrapher Syed Tajammul Hussain states:
‘the very raison d’ etre of the art of Islamic calligraphy is the Holy Qur’an, a Book which is central to the lives of 1.5 billion or so people of the Islamic world today. The impact of this Book cannot be overestimated since throughout the centuries it has promoted the integration of very diverse societies stretching from Spain to parts of China and inspired an art form centered on the written word. Once the Qur’an, was revealed, there arose a paramount need to record and hand down to future generations every syllable of the Holy Book with exactitude. This was the impetus which led to the Sacred art of Islamic calligraphy’.
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The lecture will start with a brief audio recitation followed by a calligraphy demonstration. Book your ticket for the lecture here:
Dr Mansour will also be giving a lecture entitled Muhaqqaq: Furthering the Aesthetic of Faith next Wednesday 24 August, 6:30pm at the Royal Asiatic Society. For more information please contact: email@example.com