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

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The text of this page is executed in large and clear muhaqqaq script in black ink on five lines per page typical of Ilkhanid (Iran) and Mamluk (Egypt and Syria) Korans produced during the 14th and 15th centuries.

Calligrapher: unknown. 14th-15th centuries. 13.5 x 18.5 cm. Muhaqqaq script. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

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