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Arabic script : styles, variants, and calligraphic adaptations

Author: Gabriele Mandel
Publisher: New York : Abbeville Press, ©2001.
Series: [Abbeville's language series]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st English edView all editions and formats
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"Arabic Script offers a thorough, illuminating guide to the Arabic alphabet and writing styles and presents an understanding of a culture and a civilization. This book helps us discover an alphabet that throughout the centuries has been linked to the secular and religious worlds of Islam." "In this book the history and meaning of each letter of the alphabet is given as well as its cultural, religious and  Read more...
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Mandel, Gabriele.
Arabic script.
New York : Abbeville Press, ©2001
(OCoLC)707968260
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gabriele Mandel
ISBN: 0789207109 9780789207104 9780789208798 0789208792
OCLC Number: 45413526
Description: 180 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The letters of the alphabet --
The supplemental letters --
Styles, variants and calligraphic adaptations.
Series Title: [Abbeville's language series]
Other Titles: Alfabeto arabo.
Responsibility: Gabriel Mandel Khan ; translated from the Italian by Rosanna M. Giammanco Frongia.

Abstract:

"Arabic Script offers a thorough, illuminating guide to the Arabic alphabet and writing styles and presents an understanding of a culture and a civilization. This book helps us discover an alphabet that throughout the centuries has been linked to the secular and religious worlds of Islam." "In this book the history and meaning of each letter of the alphabet is given as well as its cultural, religious and philosophical significance. Profusely illustrated, there are some 300 two-color and black-and-white pictures of the letters, their variants, and calligraphic adaptations, showing that Arabic script is both an art form and a means of communication. The Appendix includes a glossary and an index." "An ideal book for linguists, graphic designers, and collectors of Islamic art, Arabic Script is also a handy reference for travelers who wish to become familiar with the rudiments of the alphabet."--Jacket.
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