A Dictionary of Persian Calligraphy and Related Arts
Author: Hamid Reza Ghelichkhani. Editor: Shervin Farridnejad, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. Translated by Rebecca Stengel
Calligraphy and related arts make up the most important forms of Irano-Islamic art. For a better, more comprehensive understanding of Iranian art up to the present day, it is imperative to understand the calligraphy’s influence on Iranian culture. Hamid Ghelichkhani, a contemporary master of this art, has put together this first-of-a-kind dictionary.
Calligraphic expressions are in either Persian or Arabic followed by an English description based on Persian texts and often accompanied by an illustration. These expressions which are key to understanding old calligraphic treatises and many other sources on Islamic art, are meant to familiarise the reader with both common and forgotten Iran calligraphic traditions.