Art And Culture

Kufic Calligraphy Books for Non-Iranians

Kufic Calligraphy Books for Non-Iranians  Kufic Calligraphy Books for Non-Iranians

Two books ‘Al-Waqi’a Surah in Kufic Script’ and ‘30th Juz (section) of the Holy Qur’an in Kufic Script’ by Iranian Kufic calligrapher Seyyed Mohammad-Vahid Mousavi-Jazayeri will be released in the US.

They are Mousavi-Jazayeri’s most recent books and include introductions in English written by a number of American researchers, IBNA quoted him as saying.

“I have written the holy surahs of Qur’an in Kufic script, and alongside the Kufic calligraphy, the usual Arabic text of the surahs is also provided for readers to better understand Kufic calligraphy,” he noted.

On the publication of the books in the US, he said it would help the global readership get familiar with Islamic art and culture. “Therefore, I decided to publish my new books exclusively for a non-Iranian audience.”

In 2013, he published ‘Kufic Inscriptions: Culture, Writing and Graphics’ in English, in New York City.

Kufic is the oldest calligraphic form of Arabic scripts. It developed around the end of the 7th century in the city of Kufa, Iraq, from which it takes its name. Until about the 11th century it was the main script used to copy Qur’an, written on parchment.

Mousavi-Jazayeri has graduated in graphics and is known as the reviver of old Kufic calligraphy in modern times.