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1 Introduction by Dr Venetia Porter; 2 Naskh script: a brief introduction; 3 The Arabic alphabet; 4 The initial, medial and final; 5 Getting started: what you need to know and do; 6 Stage One: al-Mufradat (single letters); 7 Stage Two: al-Murakkabat (joined letters); 8 Stage Three: al-Kelimat (words); 9 Gallery; 10 Naskh script: past and present; 11 Bibliography and further reading

About the Author

Mustafa Ja'far is an Iraqi-British artist and graphic designer. His interest in Arabic calligraphy began when he studied the subject under the eminent Iraqi master calligrapher Hashim Muhammad al-Khattat al-Baghdadi between 1969 and 1971. He also studied painting and design in Baghdad and Rome and worked as an Art Director in the Gulf region between 1978 and 1990. He has conducted numerous. Arabic calligraphy workshops and demonstrations at The British Museum and many other museums and cultural institutions around the UK.

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