The British Museum is publishing what it claims is the first ‘stroke-by-stroke’ guide for learning Arabic calligraphy.
Published on 4 February, the book is designed by MJ Graphics and written and illustrated by Mustafa Ja’far.
It focuses on one type of script, Naskh, which was used as a utilitarian script for ordinary correspondence in the late 8th century.
It was transformed in the 10th and 11th centuries into elegant calligraphy.
Ja’far is an Iraqi-British graphic designer and artist who has conducted several Arabic calligraphy workshops and demonstrations at the British Museum.