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Suggested Readings and Resources

Asia Society. "Traces of the Calligrapher and Writing the Word of God." Exhibition website. New York: Asia Society, 2008.
Middle school; high school

See also the related exhibition catalogues:

McWilliams, Mary, and David J. Roxburgh. Traces of the Calligrapher: Islamic Calligraphy in Practice, c. 1600–1900. Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, 2007.
High school
Focuses on the tools and craft of the calligrapher.

Roxburgh, David J. Writing the Word of God: Calligraphy and the Qur'an. Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, 2007.
High school

Department of Islamic Art. "Calligraphy in Islamic Art." In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–.
High school

Ja'far, Mustafa. Arabic Calligraphy: Naskh Script for Beginners. London: McGraw-Hill, 2002.
Middle school; high school
An instruction manual for learning naskh calligraphic script; especially useful for art and design classes.

Khan, Gabriel Mandel. Arabic Script: Styles, Variants, and Calligraphic Adaptations. New York: Abbeville Press, 2006.
Middle school; high school (some of the visuals may be used for elementary school)

Kvernen, Elisabeth. Calligraphy Qalam: An Introduction to Arabic, Ottoman and Persian Calligraphy. Website. Baltimore: University of Baltimore MFA thesis project, 2009.
Middle school; high school

Whitesides, Barbara. Sugar Comes from Arabic: A Beginner's Guide to Arabic Letters and Words. Northampton, Mass.: Interlink Books, 2009.
Elementary school; middle school; high school

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