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Nassar Mansour

Nassar  Mansour

Nassar Mansour

Amman, Jordan

Calligrapher, Doctor of Arts, majoring in Arabic Calligraphy, professor the Art of Arabic Calligraphy at Al-Balqa Applied University

Biography

Nassar Mansour is one of the most accomplished contemporary calligraphers in the Arab world. He was born in Jordan and showed deep interest in calligraphy from an early age.

In 1988 he obtained a BA in Islamic Studies, Economics and Statistics from the University of Jordan.

In 1997 he graduated with an MA degree in Islamic Arts, specializing in Arabic Calligraphy, from Al al-Bayt University in Jordan.

In 1991-1995 he worked as a lecturer in the art of Arabic calligraphy at the University of Jordan.

In 1998-2002 he taught at the Institute of Traditional Islamic Arts, al-Balqa′ Applied University, Jordan.

In 1997-1999 he was engaged in the twelfth-century Saladin′s pulpit’s (minbar) inscriptions and ornaments restoration, which had been destroyed in 1969, at al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem.

In 2003 Mansour received a calligraphy diploma (ijaza) from renowned Turkish master calligrapher Hasan Çelebi.

He has participated in numerous calligraphy workshops and exhibitions in the Middle East, Europe, India, Malaysia, and Japan.

In 2005 Mansour organized an exhibition on the Ijaza, The Making of the Master, at the British Museum, London.

In 2007 he received a PhD in the Art of Arabic Calligraphy from the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts under the University of Wales where he taught Arabic calligraphy from 2002-2007. Mansour is currently giving lectures on the Art of Arabic Calligraphy at the Institute of Traditional Islamic Arts at al-Balqa′ Applied University, Jordan.

Author works

Mn Ahwa, Arabic poetry. Thuluth, muhaqqaq and naskhi scripts

Paper, ink and gold leaf, reedy pen, 50x74 cm, 2010

This day let no reproach be (cast) on you
Surah 12, ayah 92

Treated paper, Arabic ink, 23ct red and 22ct yellow crashed gold and natural pigments, reed pen, 33x44 cm, 2009

The 99 Beautiful Names of God

Squared Kufic style
Ink and transfer gold on paper, 120x120 cm, 2009

Arabic calligraphy scroll containing 13 different scripts

Acid-free paper with marbling effects, handmade sepia ink, reed pens of different sizes, 45x100 cm, 2008

This day let no reproach be (cast) on you
Surah 12 (Yusuf), verse 92

Treated paper, Arabic ink, 23ct red and 22ct yellow crashed gold and natural pigments, reed pen, 33x44 cm, 2009
Collection of A. Shaburov

Bend

Copy. Original: Paper, ink, gilding, 371X678 mm, 2008

The Ijaza in Arabic Calligraphy

Book

Kalam (reed pen)

Reed pen that was used for “This day let no reproach be (cast) on you”, 2009

Calligraphy. Handwritten scripts of East and West

Published by “Publishing Group “Content” Company, 2008

The complete guide to Calligraphy

Published in 2008

Making of the Master. The art of Arabic Calligraphy

Published by The Trustees of the British Museum 04/2005. Cover image: Diploma (ijaza) of Hasan Çelebi
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