contemporary 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
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:
Currently all of the above designs are available
on greeting cards. The designs are printed on top quality linen card stock.
Minimum order 12 cards for $30.00, each additional card is $3 (including envelopes).
2 designs are available on 100% cotton T-Shirts:
Earth and Freedom. $15.00/ T-Shirt.
Freedom, Hope, Jazz, Mother, Earth, Pen, Woman,
Peace, Raven, Book, and Sweet Basil all come in print size (11" by 17").
Note: Prices do not include shipping.