Calligraphy in Islamic Art: Definition, Styles & Uses


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Of the following, which is one reason for calligraphy becoming so important as decoration in the Islamic world?

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1. Which of the following calligraphic scripts developed in parts of North Africa and Spain?

2. With respect to Islamic art, what is calligraphy?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Calligraphy is a form of Islamic art. You will be tested on how this type of art gained prominence in the Islamic world, different calligraphic scripts and details about Kufic.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz asks you to:

  • Identify types of decorative art that display Islamic calligraphy
  • Point out calligraphic scripts that were created in parts of North Africa and Spain
  • Tell why calligraphy became an important decoration in the Islamic culture

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key terms - make sure you can properly define key terms, such as Islamic calligraphy
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about Kufic and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the understanding you've gained about where you'd be likely to see Islamic calligraphy

Additional Learning

Enhance your understanding of this subject by reading the lesson named Calligraphy in Islamic Art: Definition, Styles & Uses. This lesson covers:

  • Details about the holiest book in Islam
  • Scripts developed during the 10th century
  • Examples of different types of Islamic calligraphy