Undertaking Arabic Calligraphy without any guidance, is a sure way that it becomes one of many a short-lived hobby. In order to see yourself progress and feel that sense of accomplishment, you need good sources materials to guide you. To that effect, here are four Arabic Calligraphy Books for beginners.
Below are some of the Arabic Calligraphy books for beginners that I have, and regularly use to help. They’ve helped me move forward very quickly, and establish good form in my calligraphy. I have found them all easy reads, easy to follow, and recommend them wholeheartedly to the newly-initiated.
Four Arabic Calligraphy Books for Beginners
by Omar Uddin
I find this book excellent, as it not only deals with the necessary core techniques, but also deals with individual letter formation. The while book is written in easy to understand English (ie. no jargon). It also takes on a modern approach to teaching Arabic Calligraphy that I found refreshing and more in-tune for my fast-paced motivated learning. I really recommend it highly.
by Gabriel Mondel Khan
I found this book more thorough, and great at giving me a holistic understand of Arabic Calligraphy in general. It provides a guide to the Arabic Calligraphy in general, and explains the different styles, and their use throughout Arabic and Islamic civilisation and culture. I recommend this book for people looking to gain a deeper understanding of the literary side of calligraphy. All that said, you mus not thing that it’s a heavy read, there are plenty of pictures of examples of Arabic Calligraphy throughout the book, some of which I sometimes come back to for some personal inspiration.
A comprehensive step-by-step study of the Thuluth script
by Omar Uddin
Another excellent of the Arabic Calligraphy books in my library, and one that I am currently using very heavily. It provides details instructions on how to draw every letter. I don’t know what else to say about this book, except that it is an absolute must-have for any beginner looking to cement proper skills.
Of all the Arabic Calligraphy books for the beginners, I got this one knowing that after I finish with the Thuluth script. I would move on to Naskh script. I currently have it sat on my desk as a reminder, motivating me to continue moving forward. It seems like an excellent book because it shows you how to draw each letter stroke-by-stroke. It provides guidance in an easy to follow way, that is great for people try to self-teach.