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Considering time in Turkey...

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  • Started 7 years ago by Omnichrono
  • Latest reply from barbarous
  1. Omnichrono
    Member

    Been awhile since I posted on here though I still check it frequently ;). I am considering going to Turkey in a couple weeks with the intention of spending up to three months of studying calligraphy there. My question/concern is the same thing I hear repeated across the web and friends I know who have gone...

    I am fluent only in English, is there anywhere available in Istanbul that has a teacher who teaches in English because all my sources tell me if I don't speak Turkish or at best Arabic I will find myself out of luck. This is something I really want to do, though admittedly I would like to learn kufic styles rather than the more prestigious thuluth and the rest but it seems almost no one teaches kufic styles, it would still be benecial to learn any of it, from properly cutting the reed to letter formation, etc.

    So any help would be muchly appreciated. Thank You :)

    Posted 7 years ago #
  2. S P
    Member

    Hello,

    I've found a calligrapher in Istanbul who teaches in English (from a friend who learnt Diwani under him). I'm not sure whether he teaches Kufic, but he has a website http://www.efdaluddin.com, which you can take a look at and his email addresses are abc@efdaluddin.com / efdaluddin@yahoo.com.

    Hope this helps (and I hope you're still interested in coming to Leeds)

    Posted 7 years ago #
  3. JoshBerer
    Member

    I agree with Shafiq, that guy is probably your best bet. I'm not sure he'll teach Kufic, you're right that there are very few teachers that currently teach it, I think this is mainly because it wasn't really used as a written script, more as an architectural or decorative script.
    Where are you located? If you're in the states you might want to think about contacting Mohamad Zakariya. He teaches by mail, as well.
    J

    Posted 7 years ago #
  4. haroun.hunter
    Member

    Hello All

    Josh in your last post you mention Mohamad Zakriya.
    Would you have a contact email for him?

    Salam

    Haroun

    Posted 7 years ago #
  5. gaoming
    Member

    Assalam alaikum
    I introduce myself, my name gaomingkim. usually called Kim. I live in Surabaya, Indonesia.
    I am very happy to write with style and tsuluts naskhi. I also want to explore models of farisi. I hope this forum can add to knowledge and can share about calligraphy .wassalam

    Posted 7 years ago #
  6. barbarous
    Member

    Hello,salam ...
    Dear josh ..i dont agree with you about ..koufi style wasnt really used as a written script,it was at beginning in earlly centuries but but the style been changed in 5th and 6 th centuries (hidjri) to architectural or decorative script. i studiet..koufi style when i was student..as you know they are too many koufi styles .from koufi kadim (old one) ,koufi mouwarek(leaves )..koufi el mouzaher(flowers )koufi madhfour(.,koufi handasi (geometric)..,,koufi kiraouani,koufi andalousi ,koufi kourtoubi and ..koufi nissabouri ..this one is really beautifull..nisabour is a city in ..anyway ...if you want to learn ..koufi style ..dear ..Omnichrono i will suggest ..one Master in koufi style i dont know if he still alive he is irakien ..and his name is ( Hassan Kassem Habech)he wrote a lot of books and i do have one book with the title (arabic koufi calligraphy)....hope i did help you ..otherwise you can contact me if you want ..i can help you ..i am in canada

    Posted 7 years ago #
  7. JoshBerer
    Member

    Barbarous you are very right. There are many types of Kufic scripts, many were used as writing scripts, particularly maghribi and old Kufic. Nisapuri is my favorite as well. Have you seen Mouneer ash-Shaarani's nisapuri? So beautiful.
    I was referring mainly to kufi murabba3 and kufi musawar, both were mainly decorative and not used for long pages of writing.
    You may want to contact Mamoun Sakkal, he did/is doing his phd dissertation on Kufic scripts.
    J

    Posted 7 years ago #
  8. barbarous
    Member

    Well Josh....never seen mouneer ash-Shaarani's nisapuri ..can you send me a link ..(melova1962@gmail.com )..i will be happy to see it ..i do maghribi writing because i am from algeria originnally..moved to usa and canada ..longtime ago ...

    Posted 7 years ago #

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