What he did:
- Became an American master calligrapher after studying with Hasan Celebi
- Commissed to create the U.S. Eid postage stamp
- Leading proponent of Islamic calligraphy in the United States today
- Grew up in California
- Converted to Islam after traveling in the Middle East
- Master woodworker, engraver, machinist and maker of scientific instruments
- Studied with several Turkish calligraphy masters and received his ijaza in 1988 for the thuluth and naskh scripts, and in 1997 for the t'aliq script (a Turkish variant of nasta'liq)
- Teaches, lectures and exhibits his work internationally
- Website: http://www.zakariya.net
Photograph by Elisabeth Kvernen.
Calligraphy by Mohamed Zakariya
Quote on calligraphy
"Sometimes people ask me, 'What does it feel like to do such work?' There is no good
answer, except awareness of the standards that have been set for the art and the
responsibility to be faithful to them. So, rather than think of myself as a calligrapher, I still
think of myself as becoming a calligrapher."
From: Zakariya, Mohamed. "Becoming a Calligrapher: Memoirs of an American Student of Calligraphy." Zakariya Calligraphy. 15 Aug. 2008.
To learn more about Mohamed Zakariya, watch the documentary Music of the Eye.