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

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This Koranic fragment includes verses 85-88 of the 3rd chapter of the Koran entitled al 'Imran (the Family of 'Imran). Between each horizontal line of Arabic text appear diagonal word-by-word translations into Persian.

Calligrapher: unknown. 14th century. 16.5 x 29 cm. Tawqi' and Persian naskh scripts. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

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