Arabic calligraphy, recognised by Unesco but eclipsed by technology, and the artists in Iraq determined to see it survive

//Arabic calligraphy, recognised by Unesco but eclipsed by technology, and the artists in Iraq determined to see it survive

Arabic calligraphy, recognised by Unesco but eclipsed by technology, and the artists in Iraq determined to see it survive

When he is not hauling concrete blocks on a construction site in northern Iraq, Jamal Hussein devotes his time to preserving the gentle art of Arabic calligraphy.Though he has won awards in numerous competitions, Hussein acknowledges that “you can’t live on this”, the artistic handwriting of Arabic script. “I have a big family. I have to find other work,” says the father of 11, who is 50 years old and earns his keep working on building sites in the Iraqi Kurdish town of Ranya.The United Nations…

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