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 calligraphic panel includes a single line of Arabic text executed in black thuluth script. A simple prayer towards God, it reads:

The grasping of God (al-hatim) brings the knowledge of His comfort.

Calligrapher: 'Ala' al-Din Tabrizi (attr.). Iran. 16th century. 12.6 x 4.7 cm. Thuluth script. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division.

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