Origins of Square Kufic Calligraphy

Article by Dr. Mamoun Sakkal
Published in Hroof Arabiyya magazine, issue 48, August 2019

In a previous issue of this magazine, I briefly addressed the topic of the emergence of the Square Kufic script and mentioned that the characteristics of Square Kufic appeared as a result of implementing this script with ceramic panels and not with building tiles or bricks. In this article, I would like to expand my presentation of the emergence of Square Kufic and to correct my previous opinion by reviewing early examples that were implemented with bricks in a period preceding the examples included in the above-mentioned article.

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You can find an English abstract and list of figures on the last page of the document

Updated 06/08/2022