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Arabic Calligraphy 101 at the 55th Annual ISNA Convention

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Date(s) - 09/01/2018
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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George R. Brown Convention Center


$30 USD
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Islamic Arts Society


ARABIC CALLIGRAPHY 101: Write a Dua in Arabic Calligraphy

Arabic Calligraphy 101 is a beginners class for ages 12 and above. This hands-on workshop will teach students the basics of Arabic Calligraphy including the various styles and techniques.


Brief introduction to the history of Arabic Calligraphy, the various styles and its role in Islamic Arts.

Beginner Basics: Type of pens used, how to hold a pen, usage of angles etc. Students will practice writing Arabic letters using a chisel tip pen, by measuring through the technique of rhomboid dots.

Students will learn how to combine letters into short words common to some duas and also taken from the final dua, e.g. “rabb”, “ilma”, “Allah”, “Bismillah”, “Ar-Rahman”, etc.

Students will end the workshop with a final Calligraphy piece by writing a dua with a chisel tip pen on parchment type paper.


Cost is $30/person. Workshops are 1 hour long. All materials will be provided and are included in the cost of the workshop.


Syed Fakhri is originally from India, but was raised in Saudi Arabia. Learning Arabic there while growing up, the Arabic script has always fascinated him. In school, he was taught the Naskh and Ruq’a scripts. Later on, Arabic calligraphy became a hobby and he started learning and practicing the Thuluth and Muhaqqaq scripts on his own. In addition to this, he also practices his own version of a contemporary, modern-style script.

He holds a deep fascination in the profound meaning, richness and rhythm of Quran ayahs and Islamic du’as. Syed incorporates his love for Islam & calligraphy into representing various ayahs and duas using Arabic calligraphy scripts in a variety of forms to further enhance the message each contains. This is a hobby that he applies towards various art forms/mediums, such as parchment, canvas, murals, and callligraffiti.


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