Fatimid Kufic Script

Subject: Calligraphy
Dates: 30 July 2018 - 3 August 2018
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Dr Nassar Mansour
Full price
£ 385
Student concession
£ 310
OAP concession
£ 310

Kufic Script takes its name from the city of Kufa in southern Iraq. Kufic and its variants were used almost exclusively among early scripts for writing the Qur'an.

This angular script used widely for writing religious and formal texts on different surfaces such as paper, wood, stone, ceramic and textiles. Arabic calligraphy through the use of ornamental Kufic, became one of the most important design themes in Islamic art, a tradition which continues to this day.

The course will introduces students to the knotted style of Fatimid Kufic script, and the historical development of the style (including in architecture and manuscripts). Students will learn the methods and guidelines for writing Kufic letters. The course concludes with each participant making a final piece in Kufic of his or her own design.

Who is this course for?

The tutor recommends you have at least a basic knowledge of the Arabic alphabet for this course.

If you need a reference, Wikipedia has a good page on the subject: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabic_alphabet.

For a more in-depth reference, try The Arabic Alphabet: How to Read & Write It by Nicholas Awde and Samano Putros.

What should I bring?

All materials will be provided in class.

What days do I attend?

Monday - Friday

This new course is made possible by the generous support of The Bagri Foundation.

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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