Squared Kufic Script

Subject: Calligraphy
Dates: 6 August 2018 - 10 August 2018
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Dr Nassar Mansour
Full price
£ 385
Student concession
£ 310
OAP concession
£ 310

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

This monumental script was developed in the 13th century. It was the most popular style used in the architecture of Central Asia, Iran and Afghanistan. The character designs were made in square forms with black lines interspersed with white, using the same system found on a chessboard.

The course will introduce students to Squared Kufic Script with a historical development of the style in manuscripts and buildings. Students at the beginning of the course will learn the basic methods that are essential for writing Kufic letters. The course concludes with each participant making a final piece in Kufic.

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

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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