Arabic Islamic Calligraphy in Chinese Tradition

Found this beautiful exhibit by Haji Noor Deen in the CGIS building at Harvard. See relevant article below for further explanation:

http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2012/08/sweeping-gestures-divine-power/?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=08.02.12%2520%281%29&utm_content

Knowledge of Arabic and Chinese may help the viewer access added joys — tilt your head to the left and a Chinese character for “peace” gives way to a cursive Arabic salaam — but even those who do not read either language can appreciate the beauty of Noor Deen’s work.

“His calligraphy has a boldness about it, and at the same time a gentleness to it, that really conveys the sense of divine power and at the same time, beauty, grace, and subtlety,” said Elizabeth Lee-Hood, a Ph.D. student who studies Islamic devotion. “There is a sweep of the brush strokes that combines simplicity with a sense of encompassing scope.”

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