By Zafirah Mohamed Zein
20 December 2017
Arabic calligraphy was born out of the period when the dawn of Islam was rising from the lands of Arabia. As the religion of Islam developed in the time of the Prophet Muhammad, divine revelations were being written down in place of oral transmission. Noting the Quran as the guiding centre of a Muslim’s life and the spirit of Islamic culture, Arabic calligraphy, as it developed to preserve the Holy Book, became the most venerated of Islamic art, a premier of visual expression across the Muslim world.