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 inscription on this bowl reads, "Generosity is a disposition of the dwellers of Paradise." The letters are horizontally elongated to fit the available space.

Iran, Nishapur. 10th century. Kufic script. Courtesy of the Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art.

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