Diwani Script

Subject: Calligraphy, Visiting Master
Dates: 7 August 2017 - 11 August 2017
Time: 10:30 to 17:30
Location: The Prince's School of Traditional Arts, 19-22 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3SG
Tutor: Dr Nassar Mansour
Full price
£ 385
Student and pensioner concession
£ 310

We are thrilled to welcome Master Calligrapher Dr Nassar Mansour from Jordan to teach this week-long course on Arabic Calligraphy.

Diwani is a very round style. It was developed during the reign of the early Ottoman in the 16th century and reached its peak during the 19th century. It was used particularly in the writing of all royal decrees and chancellery documents, and is still used for invitation and greeting cards.

This course will introduce students to the Diwani script with a historical development of the style. Students at the beginning of the course will learn how to prepare their own reed pen. They will practice writing the letters of Diwani alphabet in their individual and joined forms using the traditional calligraphy reed pen. The course concludes with each participant making a final piece in Diwani.

Please note: Whilst this course will be taught in English, a basic knowledge of the Arabic alphabet would be helpful.


This course is made possible by the generous support of the Bagri Foundation to expand our Asian arts offering.

Tutor biography

Dr Nassar Mansour

Nassar Mansour is most famous for his calligraphic works and is one of the most accomplished contemporary calligraphers in the Arab world. Nassar studied Islamic Studies and Economics at the University of Jordan before turning to study Islamic art and calligraphy. He obtained his diploma (ijazah) from the Turkish calligraphy master Hasan Çelebi in 2003. He then obtained his PhD from The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in which he focused on the Arabic script Muhaqqaq. He has exhibited his calligraphies widely and was responsible for the calligraphy in the restoration project of Saladin’s pulpit in the mosque of al-Aqsa in Jerusalem after its destruction in 1969. He is currently lecturing in Arabic Calligraphy and Islamic Arts History at the Institute of Islamic Arts and Architecture at the World Islamic Sciences and Education, Amman and Visiting Lecturer at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.

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