Your Name Your Professor Your Class 10 August 2010 The History of Arabic Calligraphy The history of Arabic calligraphy can be divided into two periods: the pre-Islamic and the post-Islamic. Before the early seventh century BCE, the beginning of the Islamic era, there were several Arabic writing systems, originally adopted from the Nabatean script employed to write Aramaic in Roman times (Bateson 54-55). Arabic calligraphy adopted a standard form because of the centrality of the Muslim holy text, the Qur’an, to the Arab experience; in other words, the necessity for writing and reciting the Qur’an in a standardized way can be considered the touchpoint for the development of a uniquely Arab writing system. It is interesting to note that,...The end:
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