The importance of writing the sacred scriptures makes Islamic calligraphy occupy the highest place in the hierarchy of Islamic visual arts and culture.
Like other sacred arts, the transmission of the art of calligraphy is based on the master – student relationship. The student not only learns the technical aspects of correct gesture, rules of proportion and harmony, but also, in effect, the cultivation of virtues which will ultimately transform his or her artistic practice.
This lecture will focus on the methods of transmission used in the Ottoman school of calligraphy, past and present, the question of creativity within the classical canons, and the process of reaching mastery in this art.
The lecture will take place in the Oxford Suite at the Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam St, Marylebone, London W1W 6JJ.
This lecture is made possible with the generous support of Aramco.