Islamic Calligraphy: Nesih/Naskh Script

Subject: Calligraphy
Dates: 4 April 2018 - 23 May 2018
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Location: The Prince's School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Gulnaz Mahboob
Full price
£ 350
Student concession
£ 280
OAP concession
£ 280

A practical art course on Islamic Calligraphy/'Hüsnühat' -the practice of beautiful writing according to the Ottoman Tradition. Learn to write in the Nesih/Naskh script. Students will be given an insight to the traditional practice, tools and materials used for Hüsnühat.

Students will learn to cut and prepare a traditional reed qalam -calligraphy pen, shown how to construct each letter through basic strokes, analyse the measurements for the Arabic letters, practice the pen angles from thick to thin strokes and progress through shapes to write out letters.

What should I bring?

All materials will be provided on this course.

Who is this course for?

The course is open to people of all abilities and background. No knowledge of written or spoken Arabic is required. Participants with prior experience of calligraphy can attend.

What day(s) do I attend?

This course will take place over 8 consecutive Wednesday evenings.

Tutor biography

Gulnaz Mahboob

Gulnaz Mahboob is a London based calligrapher and tutor. She is part of the 500 year chain of Ottoman calligraphers. 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 has become 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.