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Unit Two: Arabic Script and the Art of Calligraphy

Tiraz fragment

Tiraz fragment. Late 14th–early 15th century. Spain

After reading this unit, you will:

  • understand why calligraphy is the most esteemed art form in the Islamic world;
  • be able to identify the function and visual characteristics of some of the key scripts represented in the featured artworks;
  • recognize ways calligraphers use the shapes of letters to decorate objects and convey a wide range of messages.

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