Calligraphy Qalam: An Introduction to Arabic, Persian and Ottoman Calligraphy uses interactive tools to interest new audiences in the traditional art forms of Arabic, Ottoman and Persian calligraphy.

The flowing movement of the script used here, with its sweeping curves and slightly rounded letters, is characteristic of the maghribi script.

North Africa. 13th century. 16.5 x 15.5 cm. Maghribi script. Courtesy of the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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