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“Living Line, Living Legacy” symposium (QAIC & Reed Society)

May 7, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT

The Reed Society for the Sacred Arts and QAIC present the “Living Line, Living Legacy” calligraphy symposium. The symposium will feature presentations from eminent calligraphers and curators, ending with an open roundtable discussion.

Attendees will be awarded with a certificate for continuing education in Islamic Art: Calligraphy focus. The symposium will include presentations from such notable calligraphers and curators as:

Mohamed Zakariya – American Master Calligrapher, turner, and metalworker. The first westerner to gain licenses in Islamic calligraphy from Istanbul’s Research Center for Islamic Art , History, and Culture, he holds Ijazah in Thuluth and Naskh from Hasan Celebi and in Talik from Ali Alparslan.

Dr. Maryam Ekhtiar – Associate Curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Department of Islamic Art and author of How To Read Islamic Calligraphy

Davut Bektas – Turkish calligrapher, who has created pieces for iconic buildings in Turkey and for the Masjid Al-Haram in Mecca. He has Ijazah in Thuluth, Naskh, and Rik’a from Hasan Celebi.

Nuria Garcia Masip – Spanish calligrapher and scholar with Ijazah in Thuluth and Naskh from Davut Bektas, Hasan Celebi, and Mohamed Zakariya. She has won prestigious prizes in international calligraphy competitions and her work forms part of various private and museum collections.

Dr. Ashley Dimmig – Wieler-Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow in Islamic Art at the Walters Art Museum

Nihad Dukhan – Palestinian-American artist of traditional and modern calligraphy and a professor of mechanical engineering. He holds Ijazah in Thuluth and Naskh from Hasan Celebi and in Taliq from Mohamed Zakariya.

Dr. Emin Lelic – Professor of History at Salisbury University and author of Reading Rumi in Sarajevo

Aishah Holland – New York-based freelance lettering artist in Latin and Arabic scripts and received her Ijazah in the Thuluth and Naskh scripts from master calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya.

Deniz Oktem Bektas – Deniz Bektas received Ijazah in Thuluth and Naskh from Hasan Celebi and Davut Bektas. She has had many exhibits internationally and works with her husband Davut Bektas out of their studio in Istanbul.

**Please note lunch is included. Register and buy tickets through the link below.


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May 7, 2022
10:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT
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