Islam is more than a system of rigid doctrines and normative principles. It is a diverse mosaic of subjective, often contradictory interpretations and discrepant applications that prohibit a narrow, one-dimensional approach. This book argues that to uncover this complex reality and achieve a more accurate understanding of Islam as a lived religion, it is imperative to consider Islam from the point of view of human beings who practice their faith. Consequently, this book provides an important contribution through a detailed ethnographic study of two contemporary Sufi communities. Although both groups shared much in common, there was a fundamental, almost perplexing range of theological convictions and ritual implementations. This book explores the mechanism that accounts for such diversity, arguing for a direct correlation between Sufi multiformity and the agency of the spiritual leader, the Shaikh. Empirical research regarding the authority by which Shaikhs subjectively generate legitimate adaptations that shape the contours of religious belief are lacking. This study is significant, because it focuses on how leadership operates in Sufism, highlighting the primacy of the Shaikh in the selection and appropriation of inherited norms.
A perfect gift for anyone who wants to learn the "write" way to craft calligraphy. Calligraphy is about creating something uniquely beautiful, whether to celebrate a special occasion like marriage or to use every day in the form of stationery. Author Molly Suber Thorpe, an award-winning wedding invitation designer and calligrapher based in Los Angeles, works closely with her international clients to give them the distinctive products they're looking for. In Modern Calligraphy, you can learn from this experienced expert how to master this fresh modern lettering style. The first book to teach this bold new style breaks the calligraphy process down into simple steps so anyone can learn to create their own stunning wedding invitations, thank you cards, gift tags, and more. Starting with an overview of the supplies—from paper to ink to pens—you will learn how to form letters, words, and then phrases by following Molly's clear step-by-step instructions, and by practicing with the provided templates. After mastering letter forms using a pointed pen and ink you can take it to the next level by learning how to use watercolor and gouache, or how to digitize your calligraphy. The twenty projects in the book provide lots of inspiration for making your own and are grouped into three sections: weddings, entertainment, and personal stationery. With loads of ideas, practice exercises, and helpful tips, soon you will be turning out gorgeous script calligraphy pieces like the ones featured in wedding magazines and popular websites like Pinterest.
You’ve always admired beautiful calligraphy, but you probably figured it was way too hard to master, right ? Calligraphy is actually much easier than you ever dreamed. All you need is the right guide and you’ll be up to speed in no time! Calligraphy For Dummies lets anyone discover the art and fun of lettering. With this hands-on guide, you’ll be able to develop your craft and test it out in no time. Starting with the italic alphabet, you’ll discover different types of strokes, how to angle your pen, and how to join letters. This easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide shows you: All the tools you need to practice the craft Where to get the proper ink and paper How to master several alphabets Different variations to change the look of letters How to mix and match your alphabets How to create a poster, sign, or certificate Ways to design and letter a quotation Common mistakes that can easily be avoided Calligraphy For Dummies also provides tips on how to put your calligraphy skills to good use, with ideas for making money, adding flair to wedding invitations, and more! It also includes ten fun alphabets and practice pages to hone in on your talent, as well as examples of poorly formed letters to keep you on track. With a little practice, you’ll be creating stunning letters and experiencing the joys of writing calligraphy!
Beautifully illustrated guide by the founder of Quill London abounds in tips, tricks, and techniques for beginners. Step-by-step approach covers materials, modern calligraphy letterforms, brush calligraphy, developing an individual style, and practical uses.
In Digital Hand Lettering and Modern Calligraphy, Shelly Kim—popular Instagram lettering artist and workshop instructor @lettersbyshells—offers lettering enthusiasts at all levels of experience a step-by-step course that shows how to develop and adapt traditional lettering skills and techniques to a variety of digital platforms. Lettering Essentials. The basics of lettering and modern calligraphy, along with guidance for embellishing and designing quotes. Digitizing Your Lettering. Options for scanning, photographing, and creating a digital lettering file. Lettering on a Tablet. A hands-on guide to working on the iPad with the Apple Pencil and the Procreate app, from an overview of common functions and how to create a simple lettering brush to making shapes and patterns, choosing colors, creating gradients, glitter, and foil effects, and combining Procreate and Adobe Sketch. Projects & Inspiration: DIY projects that show you how to achieve with digital lettering what you can’t with traditional techniques, plus stunning gallery pieces from Karin Newport of @ipadlettering and Myriam of @halfapx. Digital Hand Lettering and Modern Calligraphy will guide you to the future of lettering!
Suitable for college and high school students and those learning on their own, this fully illustrated coursebook provides comprehensive instruction in the history and practical techniques of Chinese calligraphy. No previous knowledge of the language is required to follow the text or complete the lessons. The work covers three major areas: 1) descriptions of Chinese characters and their components, including stroke types, layout patterns, and indications of sound and meaning; 2) basic brush techniques; and 3) the social, cultural, historical, and philosophical underpinnings of Chinese calligraphy—all of which are crucial to understanding and appreciating this art form. Students practice brush writing as they progress from tracing to copying to free-hand writing. Model characters are marked to indicate meaning and stroke order, and well-known model phrases are shown in various script types, allowing students to practice different calligraphic styles. Beginners will find the author’s advice on how to avoid common pitfalls in writing brush strokes invaluable. Chinese Writing and Calligraphy will be welcomed by both students and instructors in need of an accessible text on learning the fundamentals of the art of writing Chinese characters.
Introduces the basic techniques and strokes of important calligraphic styles, using historical documents as teaching guides, and presents such projects as manuscript books and maps that feature the simpler uses of calligraphy.
Master Modern Calligraphy and Show Off Your Skills with Amazing Projects Learn the art of calligraphy with this approachable, inspiring step-by-step guide. Calligraphy is the key to creating stunning, customized cards, gorgeous hand-addressed envelopes, personalized stationery, unique gift wrap and more. Renowned calligraphy designer and instructor Karla Lim breaks down the complex craft into simple steps so you can get amazing professional results in your cards and gifts, while also enjoying this meditative process. With worksheets right in the book, you can practice forming and connecting letters in a variety of sophisticated modern calligraphy styles. Karla’s practice plan makes it easy to get comfortable with the essential tools and techniques before moving on to create personalized projects with your new skill. Add a special touch to your next event with an elegant handwritten menu and place cards. Get creative with inspiring gifts like a memory shadow box and a botanical calendar. Karla also covers the basics of digitizing calligraphy, making it easy to share your creations with friends and family, and to connect with the exciting lettering and calligraphy community online. Packed with essential tips and inspiring project ideas, this book has everything you need to get started and get creative with calligraphy.