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I. East Asian Calligraphy – II. Islamic Calligraphy

(Greek, English “beautiful writing”) refers to the art of lettering or to the work of artistic lettering produced according to aesthetic and artistic principles, particularly well-developed in East Asia and Islamic culture.

I. East Asian Calligraphy

In China, calligraphy has long been numbered among the six free arts. An elastic brush is the writing tool. In addition to silk, paper has been used to write on since the 2nd century bce. Ind…

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Lauer, Uta, “Calligraphy”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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