Calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya and the recent #book on his calligraphy, the art of #islamic #calligraphy and his life with numerous contributions.
Published by Fons Vitae, lavishly illustrated, this collection of essays and images is the first to present a comprehensive overview of the life and work of Mohamed Zakariya, the most important American Islamic calligrapher, told through the words and eyes of the artist himself, scholars, students, and colleagues from the international world of Islamic calligraphy. The book examines links between the world of Ottoman calligraphy and today’s practitioners, Mohamed Zakariya’s place in a global lineage of calligraphers, and his role in shaping the next generation of artists.
The reader is treated to the extraordinary and complex processes of making inks and paper. Mohamed Zakariya: A machinist by training, American-born Mohamed Zakariya is a classically educated Islamic calligrapher who earned diplomas in three calligraphic scripts from the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art, and Culture in Istanbul. His work has been collected and displayed worldwide.
Zakariya designed Eid holiday stamps for the U.S. Postal Service in 2001, 2009, 2011, and 2016. He has been featured in several movies, including the 2002 PBS documentary “Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet” and an episode of the popular NatGeo television series, The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, screened in 2017, that was seen in 171 countries and translated into 45 languages.