Naskh, the abundant script

Naskh, the abundant script

Naskh, the abundant script is a primer book that aims to analyze and explain the shapes of a very important Arabic script named "Naskh". This script is the most commonly used in the Arab world, whether in writing or in type.

Examples of existing
 guidebooks
Motivation

For hundreds of years, users of the Arabic script have been using a specific set of scripts to print their books, to create works of art and to base their typefaces off of. The most widely utilized one is a simple, yet calligraphic script called "Naskh".

Most resources on the topic were antiquated and inconsistent, motivating me to research the script thoroughly, and converting the knowledge I gained into a book that was accessible to all.

Mada typeface

Addressing a language barrier by choosing the simple Arabic typeface "Mada"

Measurement of the letters

Measurement of the letters, zoomed

The letter Ba' and 
the references used for it The letter Ba' and 
the references used for it

Creating accurate Naskh letterforms through research

Some of the Naskh letters I designed

Cover of the book
The result

The final product is a book explaining the basics of Arabic typography, while also speaking briefly on its history. Most importantly, the formal elements of the Naskh script were analyzed, including the angles of the letterforms, explaining how they are created in relation to the calligrapher’s quill size and angle.

The book is prominently a dark jade color, tying the modernity of the publication with the traditional hues found on the covers of old Arabic leather-bound books.

Chapter title

Some basic rules of the Arabic script

The chapter page preceding
the analysis of the forms of Naskh letters

The base levels of Naskh letters

The angles of the verticals of Naskh letters

The influence of the calligrapher's
quill on the letterforms

The influence of the calligrapher's
quill on the letterforms