The Arabic text of the Qu’ran is sacred to Muslims, and its high status gave rise to an associated respect for books in general.
However, it is important to remember that while the Qu’ran’s holy status provides an explanation for calligraphy's importance, by no means all Arabic calligraphy is religious in content.
We know that the standard form of script was in use by the end of the 7th century.
It was employed, for example, on the first surviving monument of Islamic architecture, the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, built in AD 691.
Confusingly, the same name is also commonly used for a second major group of script styles, which came to prominence in the 10th century.
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These new, more angular styles came to include many fanciful variants such as foliated Kufic (decorated with curling leaf shapes) and floriated Kufic (decorated with flower forms).In time, the letters of the Arabic script, with the addition of a few new letter forms, were also used to write in Persian, Turkish and other languages, as well as Arabic.Although many dialects of Arabic were spoken in pre-Islamic times, and some are known to have been written down, most literature was transmitted orally.I’m excited to share another tutorial and video in my Modern Calligraphy series with On Three Designs today. We’re breaking it down into easy, achievable steps to help you learn how to write calligraphy online.You can use your newfound skills to address invitations, create a piece of unique art and so much more!The first formal calligraphic style is called the Kufic style after the city of Kufah in Iraq.It was used in many early Qur’an manuscripts and for inscriptions, including those at the Dome of the Rock.The new writing also appeared on the coins minted for Muhammad’s successors, the caliphs.Both the Dome of the Rock and early Islamic coinage use Qu’ranic quotations to declare Islam as the new monotheistic faith.The development of sophisticated calligraphy as an art form is not unique to Islamic culture.Other examples include Chinese and Japanese calligraphy and illuminated bibles from north-west Europe including the famous Book of Kells.