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European Arabic typography PART 3 - Four centuries of opinions

When Fri 11 Oct 1425
Where Krasnapolsky A
What Perspective alteration
Who Thomas Milo

In the field of Latin typography thorough and at times passionate research with an eye for the finest detail is the order of the day. Arabic typography started at the beginning of the 16th century, not in the heartlands of the Islamic cultures, but in Europe, as a by-product of Latin typography. This “extracultural” typography lacked this intimate relation with Arabic script expertise completely. It was a typography that would serve European orientalists. But notably, the three core aspects of Arabic writing, to wit calligraphy, style and system have never been on the curriculum of orientalists nor on that of the Western typographers who depended on orientalists. Today’s mainstream computer typefaces are the legacy of this process.

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