Reed Society for the Sacred Arts
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The Power of the Pen: Arabic Calligraphy from East to West

  • The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum 701 21st Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20052 United States (map)

The Reed Society for Sacred Arts organized a popular lecture on Arabic Calligraphy at the George Washington University Textile museum. The lecture attracted a large audience and focused on the power of Arabic calligraphy to from Chinese-Muslims to Spanish-Muslims. This event was a collaboration among GW Confucius Institute, GW Arabic Language, Literature, and Culture Program Department, GW Religion Department and the Reed Society for Sacred Arts. The lecture helped deepen understanding of Arabic calligraphy, and the topic interacted with several other fields of study. The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dean Ben Vinson III, provided his remarks to welcome and thank the guest artists and audience.

The event included three esteemed guest artists and calligraphers – Chinese-Muslim Haji Noor Deen (Chinese name: MI Guangjiang), world renowned artists Mohamed Zakariya, and a younger accomplished calligrapher born in Spain, Khalid Casado. Though they come from different backgrounds, they all focus on Arabic Calligraphy, their own interpretation of Divinity in the written form, and the eternal bonds shared between masters and their students.