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Arabic Calligraphy

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Naskh Calligraphy

This course is the latest addition to the SOAS Language Centre portfolio of courses and is aimed at those who wish to explore the significance and the techniques of one of the most important forms of artistic expression in the Islamic world.  

The course is an ideal complement for those who are already familiar with - or are currently studying - Arabic or a language whose writing system is derived from the Arabic alphabet (e.g. Persian, Pashto, Urdu). Applicants must be familiar with the Arabic alphabet but it is not necessary for applicants to be proficient in the Arabic language.

Arabic Calligraphy - Naskh Style

Naskh is one of the most beautiful and popular of calligraphic styles and is classified as moderately difficult. This style is the one most commonly used for printing in Arabic. Naskh requires a skill in drawing circles and curves, and sharp endings on letters such as haa and raa. Considerable practice with a calligraphy pen is required to form the oval and circular shapes typifying this style. Click to see our calligrapher in action.


There are two Saturday sessions available for the course in Naskh Calligraphy (19 and 26 January). You should sign up for one of the sessions only, unless you would like to have extra practice.


The course is taught in English and Arabic and includes a brief historical overview of the Arabic script, the role of Divine Proportion, the importance of the Nuqta (dot) and plenty of hands-on practice.

Class size is limited to fifteen to allow intensive interaction, with feedback and advice on individual progress.


Writing implements (pen, paper, ink) will be provided to students at a cost of £5, payable directly to the teacher at the start of the course. Students will learn how to prepare their own reed pen. Any additional incidentals that students may be required to purchase will be notified to them prior to the start of the course. These courses are taught in English by Moustafa Hassan, a master calligrapher and artist from Egypt.

Fee: £80

It is the same workshop repeated so you should sign up for one of the sessions only. Places are limited and early enrolment is advised. Apply through our Online Store.

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The fee for this one-day workshop is £80


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