How to Learn Arabic Handwriting

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How to Learn Arabic Handwriting
Tiles with Arabic calligraphy decorate mosques and monuments in the Middle East. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

The Arabic language is both aurally and visually beautiful; works of Islamic calligraphy form part of the world's great collections of art. While calligraphers use special techniques to create art with words, ordinary Arabic writing requires the same technique you used to learn to write the Roman alphabet. Being able to copy what you see accurately, and practicing so that your hand becomes accustomed to forming the letters, is essential to learning to write in any alphabet.

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Ruled paper

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  1. 1

    Select a guide to the Arabic alphabet, such as the one offered by Indiana University or Omniglot. Examine the letters for similarities--some letters, such as "jeem" and "khaa" only vary by the placement of a dot. Some Arabic letters, such as "ayn" and "yaa" change significantly depending on their position in a word.

  2. 2

    Copy the Arabic letters as closely as you can by hand. Select one letter to repeat several times, in all the forms the letter takes based on position. Move on to others when your work is close to the example.

  3. 3

    Consult your guide to the Arabic alphabet for examples of diacritical marks. These are placed above or below the letter to add a vowel sound.

  4. 4

    Select short Arabic words from an Arabic dictionary, Arabic language instruction book or website. Copy the words several times, until your work is close to the example. Copy longer words and phrases when you are comfortable with your mastery of writing short words.

  5. 5

    Examine the Arabic numbers. These are written from left to right, but vary from Hindu-Arabic numerals used to write numbers in European languages. Copy the numbers until your work matches the example. The numbers do not change form.

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