The Andalusian Maghribi Style and Al - Qandusi as a Calligrapher

The rise of the Maghribi (literally, “the west”) style also emerged from this tendency to write with round letters.” A style in use in the western provinces, northwest Africa, and Spain, it was adopted and endured for centuries with its scribal traditions, which differed from those of the central and eastern Islamic Lands. Several examples serve to show the specificity of Spanish and Maghribi Calligraphy. 

The purpose of this exhibit is to propose an overview of Arabic Calligraphy with a focus on the Andalusian Maghribi style, and on Al-Qandusi (d 1278/1861) as a calligrapher. And the objective of the proposed primary source is to explore the Prophetology and Calligraphy in Morrocco during the Nineteenth Century, through the life and the work of Al-Qandussi.     Various posters, by calligrapher Muhammad Bin Al-Qasim al-Qundusi, were obtained from Wikimedia Commons. Among them is a large calligraphic representation of  “Allah” (God in Arabic) from the 19th century, on display at the courtyard of the Zawiya of Moulay Idris II in Fes, Morocco.


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