The Living Art of Islamic Calligraphy

There will be a special lecture-demonstration program on Islamic Calligraphy at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) on Sunday, October 28 @ 2:00 pm, entitled “The Living Art of Islamic Calligraphy”, by the world-renowned master calligrapher, Mohamed Zakariya.

This program is free and open to the public. Mr. Zakariya’s presentation will be followed by a reception and a calligraphy demonstration at the MFAH.

Based in Arlington, Virginia, Mohamed Zakariya is the most accomplished Islamic calligrapher in the United States. “Proper calligraphy is supposed to expand your heart to the meaning of a text,” says Zakariya, the only American to receive certification from master Turkish calligraphers.

This program is generously cosponsored by His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for the Southwestern United States and the Asia Society Texas Center.

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston

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Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, its achievements and humanitarian works.

3 thoughts

  1. I have always found Arabic letters to be harmoniously curvy and sentences conducive to a fluid and flowing movement; they lend themselves often to symmetrical geometric shapes so that a well-constructed sequential sentence can often symbolize the abstract representation of Allah the Transcendent. The act of writing and drawing in Arabic also speaks to some of the knowledge imageary in the Quran, such as the Pen(Universal Intellect) writing on the Tablet(Universal Soul) like a teacher instructing a student. Other events(ayats or signs) in nature also hint at this knowledge-transferring function, eg, the Master DNA molecule in the nucleus of a cell ‘writing’ its instructions in coded form on a messenger RNA molecule, which then moves to the main part of the cell to transfer those written instructions to a complex that translates those coded instructions into a fully functional three-dimensional protein, which can symbolically represent the multi-dimensional universe in which we live, move and have our being.


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