Calligraphy, the art that combines images and written words, is perhaps at its most brilliant in the Islamic world. Islamic calligraphy took its inspiration from Muslim belief in the divine origin of Arabic writing, the medium through which the Qu'aranic revelation to the Prophet Muhammad was recorded. In the early years of Islam the sanctity of Arabic writing was accepted among Arabs and non-Arabs alike, and its use in sacred and official texts gave rise to a wonderful profusion of scripts, and a calligraphic tradition that has flourished for over a thousand years - not only in manuscript decoration but in architecture, ceramics and painting.
The Splendor of Islamic Calligraphy, widely acclaimed on first publication as the most lavish and sumptuous study of its kind, provides a comprehensive survey of the subject from its earliest origins to the present day. It explains with the help of numerous line drawings the geometrical and ornamental principles of calligraphy, and examines the interdependence of script and page decoration. It gives an overview of the many complex variations of this most graphic form of writing, and traces its evolution up to its current expression in the painting of artists such as Shakir Hassan. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it contains outstanding examples of scripts - kufic, thuluth, naskhi and maghribi among others - in a series of magnificent reproductions of manuscript pages, paintings and other works of art.
A visually stunning study of Islamic calligraphy...these great illustrations will set a designer's heart on fire.