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Arabic Calligraphy Presentation at LIU Brooklyn

March 22 workshop will feature guest artist Elinor Aishah Holland


Fatima Kafele,Deputy Director of Public Relations
LIU Brooklyn,
Long Island University

LIU Brooklyn Arabic CalligraphyBrooklyn, N.Y. – Calligrapher Elinor Aishah Holland will present a workshop on Arabic Calligraphy at LIU Brooklyn on Friday, March 22, at 2 p.m. The hands–on workshop will give participants a better understanding of the rich cultural context of this classical art form.

Hosted by the campus' Honors Program and the Visual Arts Department, the event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Humanities Building, Room 901B. The workshop is supported by the McGrath Fund.

Elinor Aishah Holland is one of the few Americans to study Islamic calligraphy in the traditional method of the Ottoman Hattat (calligraphers). Since 1988, Holland has been a student of Khatt with the master calligrapher, Ustadh Mohamed Zakariya. She has taught Islamic calligraphy to students of all ages at schools, museums and other learning institutions since 1994. Her freelance work includes private commissions and commercial pieces.

"Beautiful writing is highly prized by cultures around the world, and Arabic calligraphy is one of the most graceful and elegant forms of calligraphy,"said LIU Brooklyn Gallery Director Nancy Grove.   

Holland's workshop will include a slideshow and demonstration of examples of Arabic calligraphy. Participants will then be given pens to practice the alphabet in the Thuluth style.

Holland obtained a B.A. in Religious Studies from Temple University, studied Classical Arabic at the University of Pennsylvania and completed a summer program at the Center for Arabic Studies at the University of Cairo. She has been a student of both Arabic and English calligraphy for more than 20 years. Holland is also accomplished in the Western lettering traditions. She is a past board member of the New York Society of Scribes and she curated an exhibit, "Alphabetics East to West," at Pratt Institute.

LIU Brooklyn's Humanities Building is located on Flatbush Avenue between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street. For more information about the lecture, contact Nancy Grove of the Visual Arts Department at (718) 488-1198 or email

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Posted 03/05/2013

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