workshop & course

Fatimid Kufic Script with Dr Nassar Mansour


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10:30- 17:30



The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts 19-22 Charlotte Rd, London EC2A 3SG



Dr Nassar Mansour



Kufic named after the city of Kufa in southern Iraq. Kufic and its variants were used almost exclusively among early scripts for writing the Qur’an. This angular script used widely for writing religious and formal texts on different surfaces such as: paper, wood, stone, ceramic and textiles. Arabic calligraphy through the use of ornamental Kufic, became one of the most important design theme is Islamic Art, a great tradition which survives to this day.

The course will introduces students to Arabic Fatimid Kufic Script with a historical development of the style on both manuscripts and buildings. Students at the beginning of the course will learn the basic methods that important/essential for writing Kufic letters. The course concludes with each participant making a final piece in Kufic of his own design.

Who is this course for?

The tutor recommends you have at least a basic knowledge of the Arabic alphabet for this course.

If you need a reference, Wikipedia has a good page on the subject:

For a more in-depth reference, try The Arabic Alphabet: How to Read & Write It by Nicholas Awde and Samano Putros.

What should I bring?

All materials will be provided in class.

What days do I attend?

Monday – Friday

This new course is made possible by the generous support of The Bagri Foundation.



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