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ongoing public presentation Kufi Squares

  1. 1. Kufi Squares
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  4. 4. Kufi also Kufic • Kufi is a font • It was the first font that the Quran was documented • Kufi --- from Kufa in Iraq
  5. 5. Qur'an ‫ القرآن‬al-qur’ā n , literally “ recitation”also (Arabic:  the ; som etim transliterated  Quran,  ’ān,  ran,  o ran  es  as  Qur Ko Alc or  -Qur’ān) Al Verses from the Quran were revealed to Muhammad by the angel Jibril (Gabriel) (610 CE to 632 CE) These verses were then transmitted orally to followers and believers and memorised Written text complied in 633 CE'an
  6. 6. Kufic is the oldest calligraphic form of the various Arabic scripts and consists of a modified form of the old Nabatean script. Its name is derived from the city of Kufa (in modern-day Iraq), although it was known in Mesopotamia at least 100 years before the foundation of Kufa. At the time of the emergence of Islam, this type of script was already in use in various parts of the Arabian Peninsula. It was in this script that the first copies of the Qur'an were written. Archaic Kufic script became dominant by the 8th century with the rapid spread of the Quran. However it lacked diacritical signs and was eventually replaced by Naskhi, an essentially cursive script. Square Kufic, from its origin from Archaic Kufic, retained the lack of a vowel system, but has been used to this day mainly in architectural settings. Square Kufic is also known as geometric, rectangular, rectilinear or geometric Kufic. When used to create geometric patterns with glazed tiles or mosaic, it can sometimes be referred to with a Farsi word hazarbaf.
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  9. 9. Courtesy of Mamoun Sakkal
  10. 10. The inception of square kufic derived from the contact between Islam and China around a thousand years ago. A simple adaptation of Arabic kufic script into the mold of Chinese seal script; created a medium that is unique to human civilization; a perpetually modern medium of representing the divine word.
  11. 11. Square Kufic in Architecture Square Kufic in architectural settings by country.
  12. 12. AAAAAAABNk/0ymVqC5109k/s400/MI %234.JPG/_Ka2BI5qyVAU/Rj7v76vME_I/AAAAAAAABN k/0ymVqC5109k/s400/MI%25234.JPG Moulay Idris Volubilis Morocco
  13. 13. Minaret, Ulugbek Medressa, Registan, Samarkand
  14. 14. Tripoli mosque, Liban
  15. 15. Ribbed dome and square kufic tiling, Gur-e Amir mausoleum, Samarkand
  16. 16. Panel, al Mu'ayyad mosque (1415-22)
  17. 17. Tile and brick mosaic calligraphy, Jameh Mosque, Esfahan
  18. 18. kufic calligraphy, isfahan, iran photographer "SEIER+SEIER"
  19. 19. Iran or Central Asia Stone Slab with Calligraphy , late 14th-early 15th century Stone, Stone, 5 9/16 x 14 3/4 x 2 1/2 in. (14.13 x 37.47 x 6.35 cm) g
  20. 20. 14th century Ilkhanid silver coin with square kufic Kalima
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  22. 22. Selimiye Foundation Museum
  23. 23. the world's first stain glass kufi square
  24. 24. spot the error!
  25. 25. In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.  ِ ‫ِسْ ِ ٱ ِ ٱل ّح َ ِ ٱل ّ ِي‬ ‫ب م ّ ر ْمَن رح م‬ ‫ل‬ .Say: He, Allah, is One (1) ﴾١﴿ ٌ ‫ُلْ  ُ َ ٱ ُ َح‬ ‫ق هو ل أ َد‬ ّ (2) Allah is He on Whom all depend. ﴾٢﴿ ُ ‫ٱ ُ ٱل ّم‬ ‫ل ص َد‬ ّ (3) He begets not, nor is He begotten. ﴾٣﴿ ‫َمْ َ ِدْ  ََمْ  ُوَد‬ ْ ‫ل يل ول ي ل‬ (4) And none is like Him. ﴾٤﴿ ٌۢ ‫ََمْ َ ُن ّ ُۥ  ُ ُ ًا َح‬ ‫ول يك له كفو أ َد‬
  26. 26. 21.01.2008 - Kufic Square Calligraphy an interesting parallel between an obscure form of arabic calligraphy and the complex barcode system utilized in japan. both images say the following: ‫ق هو ل أح ل‬ ّ ‫ِسْ ِ ا ّ الرحمن الرحيم  ُلْ  ُ َ ا ّ َ َد ا‬ ‫ب م ل‬ ‫ال ّ َد َمْ َ ِدْ  ََمْ  ُوَدْ  ََمْ َ ُن ّ ُ  ُ ُ ًا َ َد‬ ‫صم ل يل ول ي ل ول يك له كفو أح‬
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  29. 29. Nuh: 5-11, 2008 Emulsion on Linen 72 cm X 102 cm
  30. 30. Al Ikhlas (3), 2008 Emulsion on Linen 76 cm X 76 cm
  31. 31. Shahadah, 2008, Emulsion on Linen, 64 cm X 64 cm
  32. 32. Luqman :26, 2008 Emulsion on linen 102cm x 65cm
  33. 33. the world's first lego kufic square
  34. 34. the world's first kufi squares in a kufi square
  35. 35. Nimavard Madrasa, Isfahan, Iran the complete Surah 1, al-Fatihah, in the shape of Mohammad.
  36. 36. Cubic Kufi Designs Instructor: Mamoun Sakkal
  37. 37. "Answer" Al-hamdillullah in Square Kufic Copper 2001
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  40. 40. Kufi Square the Qu'ran 0.5 % to date 1,001 Kufi Square scholars web 2.0 technologies social networking Painter 2.0 SFMOMA Artspace style Quran Navigation
  41. 41. SQUARE KUFI CALLIGRAPHY INSTRUCTION Square Kufi Alphabet Instructor: Mamoun Sakkal
  42. 42. How to design Square Designs in Square Kufi Instructor: Mamoun Sakkal
  43. 43. richard abas @razlan