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Written Arabic

The Arabic Alphabet: How to Read and Write It

The Arabic Alphabet: How to Read and Write It

by Nicholas Awde and Putros Samano

- a guide the the Arabic script that takes you step by step through all the letters, showing the sounds they stand for and how they are combined into words.

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Beginner's Arabic Script

Beginner's Arabic Script

by Jack Smart and Frances Altorfer

- an introduction to the Arabic script, both printed and hand-written, which also teaches you how to read some basic words and phrases and some of the signs you're likely to encounter in Arabic-speaking countries.

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Alif Baa with DVDs: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds

Alif Baa with DVDs: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds

by Kristen E. Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal and Abbas Al-Tonsi

- teaches you Arabic pronunication and how to read and write Arabic letters. Also introduces about 150 basic vocabulary words, including conventional forms of politeness and social greetings in Standard Arabic and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. Highly recommended for those beginning to study Arabic.

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Arabic Script

Arabic Script - Styles, Variants, and Calligraphic Adaptations

by Gabriel Mandel Khan

- a richly illustrated introduction to the Arabic script and Arabic calligraphy. Includes details of the history of written Arabic, the numerous Arabic script styles, and examples of texts from various sources depicting the wide range of calligraphic styles.

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The Splendours of Islamic Calligraphy

The Splendours of Islamic Calligraphy

by Abdelkebir Khatibi & Mohammed Sijetmassi

- an informative and beautifully illustrated guide to Arabic Calligraphy that includes information about its historical background, and discusses the aesthetics, techniques, styles, and structure of the art.

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Arabic Calligraphy: Naskh style for beginners

Arabic Calligraphy: Naskh style for beginners

by Mustafa Ja'far

- an easy-to-follow, self-study guide to writing Arabic in the Naskh style, which is among the most popular of the six major Arabic scripts. A stroke-by-stroke guide for learning Arabic calligraphy, it progresses from the initial, medial, and final forms of Arabic letters to joined letters and on to complete words. Guidelines also help you determine which pens, ink, and writing angle to use for best results.

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Sacred Script: Muhaqqaq in Islamic Calligraphy

by Nassar Mansour

- Arabic calligraphy is at once an expression of piety, aesthetic sensibility and artistic discipline. Muhaqqaq was an early term which captured care, clarity and meticulousness in calligraphy. It was associated with the making of manuscripts of the Qur'an - a sacred task and one which helped to give the new Islamic order both identity and coherence. Muhaqqaq energed in the eleventh century as the name for one of six classical scripts. This is the first book devoted entirely to Muhaqqaq tradition. Nassar Mansour, himself a highly respected calligrapher, here traces the development of Muhaqqaq. His book also presents examples of his own work in Muhaqqaq whish demonstrate the enduring value of this script for today.

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