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The Art of the Word: Origins, Techniques, and Meaning in Islamic Calligraphy

Sep 13, 2005

Location: Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu Museum of Art

Speaker: Mohamed Zakariya, Artist-in-Residence

In this illustrated lecture, noted American calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya traced the history and development of Islamic calligraphy, its spiritual and visual significance, and its primacy among the arts of Islam. Special emphasis was placed on the flowering of this art under the master calligraphers of the Ottoman Empire—especially in Istanbul, which remains a thriving center for the study of Islamic calligraphy today.

Mohamed Zakariya is a master calligrapher, artist and maker of custom instruments from the history of science. He holds prized diplomas in sûlûs-nesih and ta’lik scripts. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the world and he is well-known for his lectures and workshops. Zakariya  was an Artist-in-Residence at Shangri La from September 7-28, 2005. 

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