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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

10 week course, 20 hours

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.

Please note that this course is not available in the Autumn Term 2018/2019 and will be re-introduced into the short courses timetable in the winter.

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Course fees quoted are per term of 10 weeks.


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