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 elegant volume was copied by the princess Umm Salamah, a daughter of Fath'ali Shah Qajar, for her nephew, Prince Muhammad Husayn Mirza. The prayers are copied in naskh script in lines of variously colored inks. Umm Salamah, who was a fine calligrapher, was the fourth daughter of the shah.

Calligrapher: Princess Umm Salamah. Iran. 1823 A.D. 20 x 12.5 cm. Naskh script. Courtesy of the Nasser D Khalili Collection of Islamic Art.

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