Islamic Calligraphy


Calligraphic Writing


We expect something ornate


Ornamentation with meaning (Allah is the light)


Tawhid: the defining doctrine of Islam. It declares absolute monotheism—the unity and uniqueness of God as creator and sustainer of the universe.


Illustrations from the Qur'an: Sura 110: The Divine Support - The Wave of Kanagawa


Illustrations from the Qur'an: Sura 57: The Iron - Horse


Prayer in the form of a lion: "Ali bin abi Talib, the victorious lion of God, may God be pleased with him"


A Kufi Square - hard geometric lines of text, also used in architecture


But it's not all religious:
"This morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas.
How he got in my pajamas, I'll never know." Groucho Marx


Some of the more critical points of "Zaabalawi"