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An Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy: A Hands-On Workshop

When: Thursday, October 19, 2023
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM CT

Where: 620 Library Place, Evanston, IL 60208 Evanston map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Rebecca Shereikis   (847) 491-2598

Group: Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa (ISITA)

Co-Sponsor: Program of African Studies

Category: Fine Arts, Academic, Religious, Multicultural & Diversity


Come try your hand at Arabic calligraphy in this special workshop led by master calligrapher Mohameden Ahmedou.

To see an example of Ahmedou's work, visit ISITA's website.

No knowledge of the Arabic alphabet is required. The workshop is free and all materials are provided.

The workshop is limited to 15 participants.  Pre-registration is required!

To register, send an email to including your full name and Northwestern affiliation (student, faculty, staff).  Priority will be given to Northwestern community members.

Also join us for Ahmedou's talk on Wednesday, October 18 from 12-1 pm. View details here.

Mohameden Ahmedou is a professional calligrapher and historian of the Arabic script based in Noukachott, Mauritania, who also helps to oversee his family’s distinctive collection of manuscripts—the Library of Muhammadin ‘Abd as-Samad—in Trarza. He has completed several decorated copies of the Holy Qur’an, including the Mauritanian Mushaf (the first Mauritanian printed copy of Qur’an), with a cover and extensive decorations inventively adapted from Mauritania wall art. 

Committed to reviving the calligraphic traditions of West Africa, Ahmedou and other calligraphers have created a Mauritanian Association of Arabic Calligraphy and Ornamentation and are establishing an institute for these arts—the first of its kind in Mauritania.

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