Middle East Studies

Arabic Calligraphy Workshop with Dr. Sam Mousavi

Friday, October 26, 2018

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Smith-Buonanno Hall 106


Dr. Sam Mousavi will present an introduction to Arabic calligraphy including different styles as well as the tools required for this art form. The presentation will be followed by a hands-on workshop to give the participants an opportunity to learn more about the art and practice of calligraphy.

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Dr. Sam Mousavi is an Iranian linguist who lives in the Washington, DC area. He is a native speaker of Persian and earned his PhD in second language assessment from Griffith University, Australia. His passion for Arabic calligraphy goes back to his childhood when he was growing up in the city of Qom, Iran. He specializes in the 19th century style of Thuluth calligraphy that is used in writing the Quranic chapters and the Hadiths. Largely inspired by the late master Hashim Mohammad Al-Baghdadi, Dr. Mousavi’s style displays distinctive micrographic and symmetrical features.