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.

This page is from the book Khusraw u Shirin, by Nizami. The inscription reads, "Of the poetry of... Shaykh Awhaduddin Nizami of Ganja... Written by the slave who hopes for divine pardon Ali ibn Hasan al-Sultani in... may God disregard his sins, at the capital Tabriz, may God protect her from catastrophe and calamity."

Calligrapher: Ali ibn Hasan al-Sultani. Iran. Early 15th century. 18.3 x 12.7 cm. Nastaliq script. Courtesy of the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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