BY DEEJ OSTER, JR.
“Arabic calligraphy is unknown in its importance and significance,” said UDM professor Nihad Dukan to open his talk on Wednesday Sept. 20.
Dukan, an engineering professor and master in Arabic calligraphy, spoke on how “The Art of the Line” has enjoyed and continues to enjoy progressive refinement.
He focused much of his talk on the bonds that tie calligraphy to each of its artists and to those who study or simply enjoy it.
More than just a beautiful art form, Arabic calligraphy is deep in history, philosophy and religion.
Dukan has worked hard for 17 years to become a master of Arabic calligraphy.
Being a highly prized art form, “calligraphy culture” has roots in early Arabic and Chinese tradition.
Before calligraphy, poetry was known as the “only and most important medium of expression,” he said.
Dukan showed his respect to the founding fathers of the modern take on a sacred pastime.
Abu Ali Mohammed Ibn Muqlah, among others, was one to break ground in the Renaissance period in both arts and sciences.
Dukan described the detailed genealogy of Arabic calligraphy from the Ottoman Empire through the modern age.
Dukan was humble when talking of years as an apprentice.
Through close relationship between master and student, a traditional method of training grew as strong and powerful as the lines of the calligraphy.
Professor Dukan’s work is on exhibit in the McNichols Library through Oct. 27.