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

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This calligraphic fragment includes verses composed by Shaykh Baha'i, a Persian mystical poet of the 11th century. The poem describes the many ways in which to express one's love of God.

Calligrapher: unknown. Iran. 16th century. 13.2 x 21.5 cm. Nasta'liq script. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

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