Calligraphy Qalam: An Introduction to Arabic, Persian and Ottoman Calligraphy

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This fragment includes the last verse (110) of the 18th chapter of the Koran entitled surah al-Kahf (the Cave), and is executed in a script called plaited kufic.

Calligrapher: unknown. 11th-13th centuries. 20.2 x 10.7 cm. Plaited eastern kufic and Persian naskh scripts. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

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