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How to Convert Simple Arabic to Calligraphy

Updated April 17, 2017

Arabic calligraphy is a world-renowned art form and writing script that can be seen on buildings and art all across the Middle East. The Arabic language is a Semitic one from the same family as Hebrew and Aramaic. It's alphabet has 28 letters, although only 18 are distinct in shape. Distinctions between letters that are similar are created by placing various combinations of dots above or below some of these shapes. Typically, it takes years of practice to become a master calligrapher, especially if you want to master all six types of Arabic calligraphy script. The six scripts are known as: Farsi, Naskh, Kufi, Deewani, Req'aa and Thuluth.

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  1. Extend the lines of the simple Arabic script you have to create curves or geometrical shapes. Many calligraphic phrases are written to form inside circles, squares or other polygons.

  2. Download Arabic calligraphy programs like Arabic Calligrapher 1.1 to convert simple Arabic to Arabic calligraphy.

  3. Use an online Arabic calligraphy generator such as Firdaous.com to convert simple written Arabic to any one of the six Arabic calligraphy styles.

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About the Author

Sarah Meem began writing in 2007. She specializes in coverage of Middle East topics, human trafficking and human rights issues. Meem has a Bachelor of Arts in international studies and Arabic from the University of North Carolina. She is pursuing a master's degree in social service administration from the University of Chicago.

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