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.

Muhammad Shafiq (died 1879 AD) was a major Ottoman calligrapher, who excelled in his instructional calligraphic pieces. This particular work is one of them. The shown pictures exhibit intricate arabesque floral design, typical of the late Ottoman period.

Calligrapher: Muhammad Shafiq. 1852 or 1853 A.D. Naskh script. Arabic MSS 347. Courtesy of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

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