About this event
In partnership with the Qatar America Institute for Culture, Reed Society for the Sacred Arts invites you to their symposium, “Living Line, Living Legacy.”
A night featuring presentations from eminent calligraphers and curators and ending with an open roundtable discussion, this is your chance to see how written language can be an artform and how the Islamic world revolutionized the pen and paper.
The symposium will include presentations from such notable calligraphers and curators as:
Mohamed Zakariya – American Master Calligrapher, turner, and metalworker. The first westerner to gain licenses in Islamic calligraphy from Istanbul’s Research Center for Islamic Art , History, and Culture, he holds Ijazah in Thuluth and Naskh from Hasan Celebi and in Talik from Ali Alparslan.
Dr. Maryam Ekhtiar – Patti Cadby Birch Curator Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and author of How To Read Islamic Calligraphy
Davut Bektas – Turkish calligrapher, who has created pieces for iconic buildings in Turkey and for the Masjid Al-Haram in Mecca. He has Ijazah in Thuluth, Naskh, and Rik’a from Hasan Celebi.
Nuria Garcia Masip – Spanish calligrapher and scholar with Ijazah in Thuluth and Naskh from Davut Bektas, Hasan Celebi, and Mohamed Zakariya. She has won prestigious prizes in international calligraphy competitions and her work forms part of various private and museum collections.
Dr. Ashley Dimmig – Wieler-Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow in Islamic Art at the Walters Art Museum
Dr. Nihad Dukhan – Palestinian-American artist of traditional and modern calligraphy and a professor of mechanical engineering. He holds Ijazah in Thuluth and Naskh from Hasan Celebi and in Taliq from Mohamed Zakariya.
Dr. Emin Lelic – Professor of History at Salisbury University and author of Reading Rumi in Sarajevo
Aishah Holland – New York-based freelance lettering artist in Latin and Arabic scripts and received her Ijazah in the Thuluth and Naskh scripts from master calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya.
Deniz Oktem Bektas – Deniz Bektas received Ijazah in Thuluth and Naskh from Hasan Celebi and Davut Bektas. She has had many exhibits internationally and works with her husband Davut Bektas out of their studio in Istanbul.