Arabic calligraphy

Sharjah highlights Arabic calligraphy at London Book Fair

Al Jallaf said Sharjah’s interest in Arabic calligraphy under the guidance and support of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, a member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, is part of a massive cultural project. He noted that the emirate was the first in the region to establish a museum dedicated to Arabic calligraphy and to organize various events and initiatives that have made it a preferred destination for calligraphers.

He said: “Sharjah’s and the UAE’s interest in Arabic calligraphy throughout history shows the amount of care and support given by His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, who passed an edict to honor calligraphers and preserve their work, not only in the country but in the region and in the world.

The session “The New Rise of Arabic Calligraphy under the Care of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Al Qasimi” and other interactive workshops were well received by visitors. Abdullah Mohammed Al Owais, Chairman of the SDC, said: “Sharjah’s participation highlights the need to build cultural bridges through networking between Emirati and Arab authors, intellectuals and artists.”

“The SDC has been particularly focused on showcasing the beauty and history of Arabic calligraphy as well as the emirate’s efforts to support this art form. It showed how Sharjah uses culture as a bridge between people and countries around the world,” he added.

The Arabic Language Academy (ALA) in Sharjah also presented “the historical corpus of the Arabic language” at the LBF, where Sharjah was celebrated as a Market Focus.

The first 17 volumes of the Corpus, which have already been launched, were exhibited in the Market Focus pavilion in Sharjah. The Corpus is part of Sharjah’s integrated cultural project and shows the emirate’s commitment to collaborating with Arabic language academies in the Arab world.

The Historical Corpus of the Arabic Language is the first project of its kind to chronicle 17 centuries of development of the Arabic language and provides vital information on the history of the Arabic lexicon. The Historical Corpus site offers scholars, linguists, researchers and language enthusiasts around the world access to thousands of books, manuscripts and resources, some of which are available online for the first time.