""Anyone learning on their own can benefit immensely from this book as it contains exercises to build core competencies that are needed and then moves on to letter formation and then to the connecting of groups of letters. It's the only book of it's kind that I've been able to find that's written in english "" - Omar Khan, sotne.com ""This book is a hidden treasure compared to all the other books out there for calligraphy enthusiast who are looking for a comprehensive guide to arabic calligraphy in english. The author does a great job in breaking down the techniques, guides you with traditional information and is not afraid to use modern methodology when needed to help the student. With a short intro to history, and detail of breaking down the strokes with color codes, this book is really helpful. I highly recommend this book." "- Aisha Changezi This 160 page book is a beginner's guide to learning Arabic calligraphy. Apart from the many pages of pure content on the scripting art, the book covers several intangible issues and roadblocks faced by starters and provides ways of overcoming them. Recommended practice routines and tips on staying determined are highlighted to provide help to the beginner. The book begins its journey by reviewing the astounding roots and evolution of the Arabic script and how the scripts in use today emerged over time. Using a staggered approach, the book begins from the absolute basics - the inidivdual letters. The book does not end at instructions on scripting paired letters and full words, but actually leads students into creating full-blown masterpieces.