Calligraphy Exhibition in Islamic Art Museum Malaysia 2020

The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is hosting an exhibition from January 21, 2020 through May 31, 2020 titled, “An Introduction to Islamic Calligraphy.” From their website:

An Introduction to Islamic Calligraphy examines one of the most important historical developments of the Islamic world. Covering more than a thousand years, it encompasses a vast geographical area: from the Iberian Peninsula in the west, to Southeast Asia and China in the east. Calligraphy plays a vital role in the design of both religious and everyday arts and crafts, as well as in developing a distinctive visual culture inspired by Islam. Major calligraphy styles such as Kufic, Naskh, Thuluth, Muhaqqaq, Rayhani, Tawqi, Riqa, Nasta’liq, Diwani, and Maghribi scripts were developed over the years by prominent exponents and were used as ornament in works of art, glorifying the Word of God. Contemporary calligraphers continue to explore new realms of writing, bringing the light of inspiration and imagination to the paramount visual expression of Islamic culture.

Thuluth Script Calligraphy at Fordham

ThuluthCalligraphy at Fordham


ARABIC SCRIPT has a long history of development into a highly refined art form. Classes with Elinor Aishah Holland offer participants a nurturing context to better understand Arabic script calligraphy’s rich cultural context as well as the techniques involved in this classical art form. Arabic written in the Thuluth style is luscious, and extremely appealing to the eyes. It is a well-developed art in many parts of the world where it can be studied over a period of many years. But while it may seem too exotic or unapproachable to us here in America, it can be learned and appreciated, letter by letter. And each letter of a word has potential as a design in and of itself. After immersing ourselves in some beautiful visual masterpieces both historical and modern, we will introduce the tools and methods for writing the letters and then the letters themselves, with individual attention for all students. New and continuing students are welcome!

Elinor Aishah Holland received her Ijaza, or diploma in two forms of Arabic script in 2013 from Master Calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya. Holland is also a calligrapher of Latin script and a regular teacher for the NY Society of Scribes. Holland has taught at The 92nd Street Y, Long Island University, NY Botanical Garden, The Rudolph Steiner High School and many workshops at colleges, art centers and museums in the US and Canada including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, The Smithsonian Institute, The Detroit Institute of Art, Zaytuna College and at the Confluence Conference in 2004. She has exhibited in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Algiers, and around the USA.


October 3, October 17, October 24, November 7, November 21

Saturdays 11 am – 4pm

All classes are held at:

Lincoln Center Campus
113 West 60th Street, NYC
Visual Arts Complex
Room SL24E

Individual classes: $90
Material fee: $20

Payable to the instructor in class.
Pre-registration required.

NOTE: There is a special discount for Fordham students and faculty.

Sponsored by the Theatre and Visual Arts Department | Fordham University

Workshop with Master Iranian calligrapher, Bahman Panahi

Master Iranian calligrapher Bahman Panahi will be holding a calligraphy workshop for all levels from July 20-25, 2015 in Maryland, USA. Master Panahi is normally based in Paris and has many years of experience teaching calligraphy in the East, West, as well as Iran.

Join the workshop for an enriching 6 days of instruction (6 hours per day, morning and afternoon). All the materials for this workshop will be included in the workshop fee.

The workshop will be held in Hunt Valley, Md. the location is accessible by car, train and light rail. Breakfast will be included.

Hotel accommodation is available within 5 minutes drive at the Embassy Suites.

Price is $450.00 and includes instruction, materials and breakfast.

For more information and reservation please contact Manzar Moghbeli at

NEH Art Spots—Seven Videos Featuring Islamic Art

The National Endowment for the Humanities recently released a series of seven videos (visual essays) on Islamic art. These Art Spots feature Calligraphy, Mosques and Religious Architecture, The Arts of Trade and Travel, Islamic Gardens, Islamic Textiles, Geometry, and The Arts of the Book and Miniature Painting.

The 10-minute film on calligraphy is well worth checking out, and would serve as a great resource for anyone teaching a class on Islam or medieval art.

These films were written and directed by Professor D. Fairchild Ruggles from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

NEH art spots website

Some Modest Proposals For Islamic Artists

Some interesting/insightful words from Mohamed Zakariya about art, being an artist and being a Muslim artist in the modern world.

Rather than being exotic, living museum exhibits, we need to bring the concept of what it means to be modern to our very classic arts, yet preserve and maintain its special originality and quality and its relation to the continuum of Islamic practices.

ART CLASS: Light Up the Dark

Instructor: Faraz Khan Art Studio
Arts Council of

Let there be light! Explore what is possible when darkness provides a “blank canvas”. Step into the mesmerizing world of “light art” and discover a new creative means to use light as a source of writing and drawing with the help of slow shutter speed photography. Students will experiment with different ways to create amazing art with the power of cell phones and flashlights. The instructor will introduce participants to basic techniques in how to create drawings, comic strips, icons, graffiti designs, and calligraphy in English, Arabic, Hindi, Hebrew and Hieroglyphics. Students will be encouraged throughout the 3-week program to create (drawing and writing) an individualized short comic strip based on light art.

Location: Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Arts Council of Princeton
Ages: 15+
Wednesday, 7pm-9:00pm
Apr 23-May 7, 2014
$95/$70 Member
Instructor: Faraz Khan
Limit: 10 students

Video: Behzad Noei

I received this video from Noor-Allah Ayany in Iran. It features the calligrapher Behzad Noei at work. In this video he write a poem by Hafez. The translation is: “Friend (metaphor of God or Beloved) has entirely filled my entity, till I lost myself.”

Thank you Noor-Allah!

Something Rarely Seen—Calligraphy, Illumination and Paper Cutting Exhibition

The Women Islamic Artists of Rockland warmly invite you to visit their exhibition: “Something Rarely Seen,” at the Suffern Free Library, on view from the 3rd through the 31st of October, 2013.

The exhibition will include original works of Islamic calligraphy, illumination, and the revived traditional Ottoman art of paper cutting. The artists will be present at the opening on October 3rd between 5:00 pm and 8:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served.


Summer Intensive in Classical Kufic

The Center for Book Arts in New York will be hosting a 2-day intensive course in Classical Kufic this summer on August 13th and 14th, taught by Elinor Aishah Holland.

From the Center for Book Arts website:

The Arabic language had a very crude form of script in prehistoric Arabia. With the arrival of the Quran in the early seventh century the script began to blossom like a many-petaled flower. The early Muslim scribes quickly established the foundation of beautiful Arabic scripts that are still being developed today. Amongst the earliest hands is a style known today as Kufic. This term actually includes many stylistic variations. Our introduction will begin with our eyes as we look at and study samples of Kufic script. We will learn about the traditional tools used in writing Arabic, as well as a study of the Kufic alphabet. Like all traditional scribes we will learn by copying examples of great master calligraphers. On day one we will study traditional Kufic and the second day we will explore Eastern Kufic.

Register on their website.

Arabic Calligraphy Classes

For Beginner and Intermediate Students

by Zubair Simab

At Averroes Institute in Fremont
43174 Osgood Rd, Fremont, CA 94539

6 Week class for Beginner and Intermediate Students

On Tuesdays: May 28, June 4,11,18, 25 and July 2

Beginner class: 6:00pm-7pm
Intermediate class: 7pm-8pm

Fee: $180 plus $30 for starter supply(includes pens, papers & ink)

Beginner Course:
• Understanding of pen, paper and ink Thuluth • Preparing the pen
• Thuluth style of writing and techniques • Writing the alphabet & technically analyzing

Intermediate Course:
• Review of making pen and understanding of paper • Thuluth style of writing and techniques.
• The general and fundamental calligraphy rules
– اصول (Principles, Essentials) – نسبت (Relationship, Proportion, Comparison)
– ترکیب (Composition, Blend) – کرسی(Similarity and Symmetry)

Download registration form and email complete form to