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How Arabic Calligraphy Eliminates Cultural and Religious Differences

arabic-calligraphy-islamic-calligraphy-art-acrylic-on-canvas-ramadanGrowing up in my house, we appreciated the beauty of Arabic calligraphy.  We saw it hanging in our living room walls in paintings and witnessed how it was embedded in the architect of exotic mosques from around the world.  We were in awe of its intricate details required to create such masterpieces.  At school, we also learned about this type of script.  It was taught as part of World History exhibiting wars, struggles and peace.  The emphasis was upon the Ottoman Empire whereas today it would be upon the Arab Spring.  No matter how you look at it Arabic calligraphy is a staple throughout generations reflecting artists’ emotions and thoughts.  And by using this art form the world is able to appreciate it with open arms.  It takes down prejudice walls about culture and religion developing an open dialogue.  It is a remarkable transition to witness those with preconceived, negative notions of the Arab culture change due to valuing the same art that allows the culture to exist in non-stereotypical realms.  Artists recognize this ability Arabic calligraphy has upon the masses.  It is why artists decided to use it to express their own struggles, thoughts and emotions and share it globally without wondering if it shall be ignored, rejected by others.

Are There Different Types of Arabic Calligraphy?

There are many different types of Arabic script recognized and the artistic images created are superb.  It can take the form of an animal or fine art object.  If it specifically represents Islamic art then the image produced is one that allows the letters, lines and forms to shine becoming the object of interest.  The words become the main focus and the image created is abstract.

What Can You Learn from Arabic Calligraphy?

To dive into Arabic Calligraphy is to unveil historical battles, grand love stories and moments that are ‘Game of Throne’ worthy (if the ‘Game of Thrones’ centered around the Middle East and Persian empire).  Huda Totonji, an expert in Islamic art and Arabic calligraphy has taught many courses at Universities, including Harvard University about this specific topic.  In an article on ArabNews.com she states, “I believe that the artworks by master calligraphers and contemporary text artists unravel a beautiful canvas like a fluid calligraphy. This invokes in the viewer a feeling of peace, tranquility, and a quiet melody that sings a song to awaken the soul.  Arabic calligraphy transcends all cultural, religious, and language barriers.”

She also states that students who study this art form are  introduced to the, “beauty of this rich tradition. It brings the history of the East to the West with a hands-on experience. It brings together the similarities between Muslim and Western culture and shows how we both value art, beauty, and culture.”  These are all the same reasons why Ezzat Abouleish enjoys creating Arabic calligraphy.

To find out more about Arabic calligraphy and to see original Arabic calligraphy in-person, contact Ezzat Abouleish today.  He has pieces that depict historical battles, express political views and ones that inspire moments of peace.  He can also create customized pieces.

Contact him today!