Arabic calligraphy

Arabic Calligraphy, a Prolonged Influence on World Culture

Ayet El-Korsy (The Throne Verse) from the Holy Quran drawn with horse-shaped Arabic calligraphy – photo courtesy of flickr

CAIRO – February 14, 2018: The Arabic language is an ancient strong language that is used by millions of human beings and also one of the most expressive languages ​​in literature, but the artistic value of this language is enormous and also represented through Arabic calliography as an art form. Arabic calligraphy is the art of writing in the Arabic language, which began in the first century with the revelation of Islam in the holy book of Muslims Al-Qur’an.

Arabic calligraphy has had a great impact on the betterment of arts around the world, as it has influenced cultures such as Andalusia in Spain and more, and it has been the main influence in multiple styles of art such as Baroque and Rococo art styles in Europe, and also fusions resulted from many cultural exchanges between the Islamic art world and other ancient cultures such as Chinese culture which helped a lot to introduce new styles as a result of this collaboration.

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Pyxis of al-Mughira, Madinat al-

All these reasons have underlined the importance of calligraphy in the Arabic language, in addition to pushing nowadays many entities to finance and support this teaching of unique artistic style, and encouraging many universities to study calligraphy. Arabic a priority in any art university.

One of these universities is Goldsmiths University of London, which is about to launch a new program in development called “Language in Art and The Work of Ali Omar Ermes”, the project is supported by the Qatar Foundation International, the British Museum and the Museum of London, and it aims to add a new Arabic learning resource that considers the development of the artwork first and the language with it according to an article published by Goldsmith University from London.

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– photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The program depends on a session of a class in which different styles of Arabic calligraphy are taught through the works of Ali Omar Ermes, this session will tour the UK, as for now it has been assured that this program will be applied in Edinburgh, Leeds, Sheffield and London, the program will also include a workshop to encourage collaborations and creative engagement of students.

Ermes is a Libyan calligrapher who studied in England, where he graduated from Plymouth School of Architecture and Design and later Central Saint Martin College of Arts and Design. He relied on drawing Arabic letters and literary phrases and for this unique vision he is active in many cultural institutions and he is the chairman of the Center for Muslim Cultural Heritage in London.