After reading this unit, you will:
Calligraphy is considered the quintessential art form of the Islamic world—Arabic letters decorate objects ranging from bowls to buildings.
Calligraphy, from the Greek words kallos (beauty) and graphos (writing), refers to the harmonious proportion of both letters within a word and words on a page.
With the arrival of Islam and the conversion of many regions, a number of languages adopted the Arabic alphabet even though they bear no linguistic similarity.
A new system of proportional cursive scripts was codified from the tenth to the thirteenth century.
Calligraphers are the most highly regarded artists in Islamic culture.
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