THE APPLICATION OF ISLAMIC CALLIGRAPHY
IN MODERN ART CREATIONS IN MALAYSIA
HANAFI BIN ROSMAN
Department of Graphic Design & Digital Media
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In Islamic world, art is being practiced for many creations. One of the most influential
Islamic art is the case of Arabic or well known as Islamic calligraphy. As an Islamic
country, Malaysia is also influenced by the art of Islamic calligraphy in terms of
writing as well as the art creations. There are a lot of people or artists that practice
Islamic calligraphy in their writing or applying it in their works. Calligraphy is not a
strange art form in this century. It remains relevant and is continuously developed
from traditional into modern style.
1.1. The Definition of Islamic Calligraphy
Islamic calligraphy can be defined in many ways. It is about people
understanding to describe it as a system of writing, a form of art or anything that
could be related to it. The term Islamic calligraphy is just about the same as
Arabic calligraphy. As the alphabets are originally from the Arabic region and
being used to spread Islam during the earliest period, Islamic calligraphy is very
synonym to the world of Islam. Shepherd (2011) explains Arabic calligraphy
reached its peak with writing that fills the pages of the Koran and covers the
walls of mosques.
Through this age, the art of calligraphy is not only been used
contemporarily but it is also has been applied in many medium of art creations.
Graphic design is one of field that has been varied with the element of Islamic
calligraphy. As a wide field of study, it is appropriate and suitable to apply the
element of calligraphy in graphic design. In Malaysia, the element of calligraphy...