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 Koran has an inscription in the front: "From the calligraphy of Sultan-Ali Qa'ini in Baghdad in the year 917." (917 hejira—1511-1512 A.D.)

Iran. 14th century. 36.5 x 24.8 cm. Muhaqqaq script. Courtesy of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

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