Arabic Calligraphy: Nesih /Naskh Script

Subject: Calligraphy
Dates: 3 February 2020 - 23 March 2020
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Gulnaz Mahboob
Full Price
£ 350

This short course introduces you to Hüsnühat, the practice of beautiful writing according to the Ottoman tradition. This course is a practical introduction to calligraphy and provides a step-by-step guide to writing the letters in the Nesih/Naskh script.

Begin by learning to prepare traditional tools and materials - cut and prepare a traditional reed pen or qalam. The tutor will then guide you through exercises of writing lines in various thicknesses, and how to hold the pen at the precise angle for writing.

Progress to writing the different letters of the alphabet in their separate and connected forms. Students will also learn to use the proportional system of measurements to create beautiful letters.

Who is this course for?

Because of the method of instruction, previous knowledge of the Arabic language is not necessary. The course is suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced.

If you wish to prepare for the course by learning about the Arabic alphabet, Wikipedia has a good page on the subject. For a more in-depth reference, try The Arabic Alphabet: How to Read & Write It by Nicholas Awde and Samano Putros.

This course requires a minimum number of enrolment to run.

What should I bring to class?

All materials will be provided in class.

What days do I attend?

This course takes place on Monday evenings for 8 consecutive weeks.

What if I need to cancel or change my booking?

You can view our policy here.

The School reserves the right to discontinue or suspend a Course up to fourteen (14) calendar days before the advertised start date of the Course.

By booking this course, you agree to our terms and conditions.

This course is made possible with the generous support of Aramco.

Do you offer concessions?

Yes, we offer concessions for full time students and OAPs.

To receive a concession, please apply via our online form.

Tutor biography

Gulnaz Mahboob

Gulnaz Mahboob is a London based calligrapher and tutor.

She began her classical training in Islamic calligraphy in 2005 in Istanbul with the renowned Turkish grand master, Hasan Çelebi. In 2012 she was awarded the Ijazah in the thuluth and naskh scripts. Having received her Ijazet she became part of a continuum of more than 10 centuries of calligraphic tradition and is thus a transmitter of this living tradition in the UK. 

Her background in anthropology offers fresh perspective on what is a dynamic bond that is established between the letters, the student, the master and the repetitive practices.