SOAS University of London

Centre for Iranian Studies

Course: Persian Calligraphy, Nasta'liq Script

IMG - Persian calligraphy course
Keramat Fathinia

Date: 21 October 2019Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 11 December 2019Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: 21/22 Russell Square Room: T108

Type of Event: Workshop

The Centre for Iranian Studies at SOAS is delighted to partner with the Iran Heritage Foundation to offer a course in Persian Calligraphy.

This eight-week exercise-based course is suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced. It is based on a one-to-one teaching method, so everyone will be given the instructions based on their own level and previous experience.

You will learn the writing techniques of the Nasta'liq script during the course, and the first session will start with a general introduction to the traditional tools, materials, and various Islamic calligraphy styles.

Although previous knowledge of Persian language is not necessary, you will enjoy the course more if you have familiarity with the alphabets and particularly the language, as the materials are constantly engaged with Persian language and literature.

The course will be taught in two classes of ten on Monday and Wednesday evenings, as follows:

Mondays 6:00pm - 8:00pm, 21 October 2019 — 9 December 2019.

Wednesdays 6:00pm - 8:00pm, 23 October 2019 — 11 December 2019

* Please specify on registration which class you wish to attend (Room TBC at registration).

Fees: £250 (There will be a small additional charge of between £10 and £20 for materials and tools).

To register visit:

* The registration deadline is Monday, 21 October 2019

For any inquiries please contact, Tel: 020 3651 2124


Keramat Fathinia is a Persian calligrapher born in Iran who has been teaching calligraphy for over 17 years. He received a distinguished certificate in both Nasta'liq and Shikasteh Nasta'liq styles from the Iranian Calligraphers Association (ICA) in Iran, and has had several exhibitions, workshops, and demonstrations in both Iran and London, including at SOAS, Cambridge University, BIPS (British Institute of Persian Studies), and the Courtauld Gallery.

Organiser: Iran Heritage Foundation in partnership with the Centre for Iranian Studies, SOAS

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