contemporary arabic calligraphy designs

Arabic calligraphy is the most typical expression of the Islamic spirit. The different classical styles of the Arabic letters offer unlimited possibilities to the artist. The contemporary designs presented here indirectly utilize these styles to create an abstract, yet readable representation of words and provide a postmodern interpretation of the letters. The intent is to cross barriers and touch other languages and cultures for it is said: "The written word is a talisman, and the process of writing is a magic connected not only with the master's technique and skill, but also with his spiritual and moral character."
Nihad Dukhan is a Palestinian who grew up in Gaza, holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, and is a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Detroit Mercy. He was extensively trained in the classical styles of Arabic calligraphy. Dr. Dukhan became a master of Arabic calligraphy by receiving his Ijazah from Istanbul¿s master calligrapher Hasan Celebi (pronounced Chalabi) in Thuluth and Naskh styles in August 2009, after completing 11 years of study; and another Ijazah in Taliq style from Mohamed Zakariya in April 2013, after completing 7 years of study. His work in this new form has been exhibited in New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, and San Francisco.

Dr. Dukhan is available for custom work, exhibits, workshops and lectures.

Upcoming Events at

Public Lecture at The Detroit Institute of Arts:
What's in the Line: History, Development and Styles of Arabic/Islamic Calligraphy
October 23, 2011  at 2 PM.
Betty and Marvin Danto Lecture Hall
The Detroit Institute of Art
5200 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
















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© 1995,2002,2007. Nihad Dukhan . All of the above designs are copyrighted. Any unauthorized copying or reproducing is prohibited. This is just a sample. The artist also has his original pieces which are acrylic on canvas and works on commission. If you have any questions or interested in other designs, please contact: