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Near East Collection: Samples of Arabic and Persian Calligraphy

Samples of Arabic and Persian Calligraphy

prepared by Near East Collection at Yale University Library

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The Friday Mosque in Herat, Afghanistan.

The Friday Mosque in Herat, Afghanistan.

Here, calligraphy blends with other forms of decoration. The upper sides contain the "Thuluth" (literally: One Third, and called so because the horizontal part of the letter is usually one third the height of the vertical part). The bottom part contains four lines in "Nasta 'liq". Other decorations are done in "Kufie" and N"Naskhi" scripts.