calligraphy books

Sometimes you can’t explain what you see in a person, It’s just the way they take you to a place where no one else can.
أحياناً لا يمكنك أن تشرح ما تراه في شخصٍ ما، الأمر فقط يتعلق بالطريقة التي يأخذونك بها إلى مكانٍ آخر حيث لا يستطيع أي شخصٍ آخر فعل ذلك.

A ship of words, 1866

A talisman is essentially a magical object that has the power to bring good luck or avert bad fortune to the wearer.

And what is more lucky than the names of the Archangels? In this Malay talisman their names have been written in the form of a nineteenth-century steam-ship, complete with smoke billowing from its chimney. 

The image was created in 1866 in Indonesia which until 1945 had been a Dutch colony (hence the Dutch flag flying from the mast). 

(MS. Arab. e.58)

Sometimes someone makes no sense and yet they are beautiful. It’s bizarre and frustrating. You may deny their form, but you cannot deny that the stars twinkle and shine, scattered as they are.
- B. E. Barnes | S c a t t e r e d L i k e S t a r s

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Yazan Halwani’s Calligraffiti

I recently came across a fantastic mural by Fantastic mural, “Our grandfathers invented the zero, and their grandchildren became zeroes” (top image) by Yazan Halwani

Halwani says, he wants to instigate “cross-cultural conversations” and to inspire a “positive view of the Arab world.” He’s been challenging the status quo with prominent murals around Lebanon’s capital city which has earned him the nickname Beirut’s Banksy. 

Halwani has been credited with spawning the ‘calligraffiti’ movement after discovering one of his uncle’s calligraphy books.