How did Islamic calligraphy start?
18th century writing in Ottoman calligraphy. Depicts the phrase 'In the name of God, Most Merciful, Most Gracious'
Islamic calligraphy, also known as Arabic calligraphy, is the artistic practice of handwriting, or calligraphy, and by extension, of bookmaking, in the lands sharing a common Islamic cultural heritage. This art form is based on the Arabic script, which for a long time was used by all Muslims in their respective languages. They used it to represent God because they denied representing God with images. Calligraphy is especially revered among Islamic arts since it was the primary means for the preservation of the Qur'an. Suspicion of figurative art as idolatrous led to calligraphy and abstract depictions becoming a major form of artistic expression in Islamic cultures, especially in religious contexts. The work of calligraphers was collected and appreciated.
Arabic, Persian and Ottoman Turkish calligraphy is associated with abstract arabesque motifs on the walls and ceilings of mosques as well as on the page. Contemporary artists in the Islamic world draw on the heritage of calligraphy to use calligraphic inscriptions or abstractions in their work. Hope this helps!, btw i got it off wiki :)
Islamic calligraphy is a beautiful work of writing that uses the Arabic text as the basis of a written text, therefore, Islamic calligraphy is often called by the Arabic calligraphy. Islamic calligraphy is an art expression implementation Muslim artists from around the world to express their love to God.
if you look up images of Islamic calligraphy and Arabic calligraphy it's very beautiful because they made all kinds of designs, like they world take ayahs from the Quraan and make them into a shape or animal... Another example is Islamic architecture they make beautiful buildings, domes, arches, palaces, and etc...
Most common tattoos that are being used to symbolize Islamic faith are Crescent with star and Koranic verses perhaps in Arabic calligraphy. The crescent with star, however, did not start as an Islamic symbol, but rather gained popularity as a nationalist symbol after the creation of Islamic Republics of Pakistan and Turkey, eventually becoming a symbol that symbolizes the religion itself.
To the best of my knowledge, Arabic calligraphy became a popular art form because idolatry is strictly forbidden in Islamic culture. This coming from my AP Art history course, calligraphy and architecture are the main forms of Islamic art. Although, Arabic calligraphy was not non-existent before Islam, I don't think it was a popular form of art until it was used for religious purposes.
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