Calligraphy is the art of writing. A contemporary definition of calligraphic practice is “the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious and skillful manner”
Recently an International Calligraphy Exhibition was held between 22nd November 2008 to 31st March 2009, at Selangor Islamic Art Complex in Shah Alam, Malaysia. The theme of exhibition was ‘Divine words in the eyes of Calligraphers’.
Various calligraphy displayed in the exhibition were calligraphed by the artists from all over the world as well as from resident artists of the host, Restu Foundation.
Islamic calligraphy, equally known as Arabic calligraphy, is the art of artistic handwriting, and by extension, of bookmaking. This art has most often employed the Arabic script, throughout many languages. Calligraphy is especially revered among Islamic arts since it was the primary means for the preservation of the Qur’an. The work of calligraphers was collected and appreciated. Consideration of figurative art as idolatrous led to calligraphy and abstract figures becoming the main forms of artistic expression in Islamic cultures.
Calligraphy has arguably become the most venerated form of Islamic art because it provides a link between the languages of the Muslims with the religion of Islam. The Qur’an, has played an important role in the development and evolution of the Arabic language, and by extension, calligraphy in the Arabic alphabet.