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

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The script used here is called masahif, which was used for copying the Koran (and occasionally for copies of the Bible as well). It is a smaller and less stiff version of muhaqqaq, with which it is often mistaken.

Calligrapher: unknown. 15th century. 10.7 x 14.8 cm. Masahif script. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

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