Introduction to Arabic calligraphic art

I received this introduction and a book review of Ghani Alani’s “An introduction to Arabic Calligraphy” by Elise Bellin, Librarian of the Islamic Resource Center, and the Wisconsin Muslim Journal. in my email from Google Alerts and it seemed to be a perfect fit for this post.

With its prohibition against iconography, Islam and Islamic cultures have a rich history of art that has nothing to do with people, animals, or other living organisms. One of the most well-known forms is that of calligraphy. Beautiful brushwork and intricate designs swirl across pages. Bold carvings and overlapping letterings form sculptural pieces with written messages. Holy relics are covered in calligraphy so intricate that, in some cases, it takes calligraphy scholars to decipher the letters. While Chinese and Japanese calligraphy is probably more well-known in the Western world,

The above article is used with permission from Elise Bellin, the Islamic Resource Center and the Wisconsin Muslim Journal.

As I do not read, write or speak Arabic I am relying on my searches to ensure that the particular verse is  correct and that the artist whose work it is, is credited. All images were found on

If there are any mistakes please leave me a message below with the correction or where I can find it, thank you.