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Manuscript Kufic Course


Typography Events
Ralf Herrmann

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The script we will be learning is Manuscript Kufic, the original Qur’anic script which developed under the Umeyyads and reached its apogee under the Abbasids, but fell into disuse nearly a millenium ago. In particular, we’ll be working with the variant illustrated by the page above, which I consider to be the most accomplished. The style and script grammar will based on this manuscript. The course allows each student their own pace, and covers the following:

  • Learning and practicing isolated lettershapes;
  • Learning how letters connect and practicing with words and short texts;
  • Technical skills: Working with colour, constructing the traditionally proportioned text boxes, drafting a page;
  • Putting it all together in one finished page, including diacritics and punctuation;
  • Learning alternative letter forms to create a variant on this style, and if time allows, finishing one more page in this variant.


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