Virtual event and Arabic calligraphy workshop on September 17th

The Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures, in collaboration with the King Fahd Middle East Center and the School of Art, is organizing a virtual event and an Arabic calligraphy workshop on Friday, September 17. This event is open to the public, and the course is open to all majors.

Virtual conference

10 am-11am – Open to all Majors

This lecture will provide an overview of the Islamic calligraphic tradition, the process of training calligraphers and the traditional materials used in this art. Participants will examine the fundamental aesthetic ideas of divine beauty that have guided Islamic calligraphy since the revelation of Islam, the major schools of calligraphy that have emerged, and how calligraphers received their training. Different tools, papers and pigments will be examined, and the conference will end with an overview of the current state of the calligraphy world and contemporary trends and movements in the field.

To attend the virtual conference, please Join by zoom at 10 a.m. on September 17th.

Calligraphy workshop

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Open to students of Graphic Design, Art Education and Arabic Studies

The workshop will run virtually from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm and will be a short hands-on workshop with Josh Berer, master calligrapher. Students will have the opportunity to try out letters and start to get a feel for how the bamboo pen moves on paper. Kits of supplies will be provided to participants to collect before the workshop, and places are limited. Registration is compulsory for the workshop.

Workshop registration

Art School students: Contact Alison Place at [email protected]
Arab Studies Students: Contact Rania Mahmoud at [email protected]

About the calligrapher: Josh Berer is a calligrapher and craftsman based in Washington, DC He is currently the apprentice of Mohamed Zakariya in the Ottoman calligraphic tradition. From Zakariya he received his ijazah [master calligrapher’s certification] in Thuluth and Naskh scripts in 2020, and is currently a student of Talik. He is also versed in the arts of papermaking, marbling, illumination, bookbinding and woodworking. He speaks decent Arabic, passable Persian and average Turkish, Uzbek and Hebrew. His clients include the Smithsonian, The New York Times, Harvard University, the Folio Society and many more. Berer’s work can be seen at

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