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Traces the origins of Arabic script, discusses calligraphic styles, and shows examples of Islamic calligraphy on manuscripts, architecture, cloth, and pottery.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 1st 1987 by Thames & Hudson
(first published January 12th 1979)
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This is the one I was trying to read, and I think it is better than Martin Lings, because there is real substance in this one. It's the only one I borrowed that was not glossy, so it is relatively light and portable although it is A4 size. There are only about 30 pages of text and they form a very readable introduction to the scripts - lots of scripts - in time and place.