Arabic calligraphy

Rafe Copeland's picture

Hi Everyone,

I am doing a project at uni where I need to hand carve the Arabic words 'halal' and 'haraam'. I do not speak or write the language, but appreciate the beauty of the script. Unfortunately I cannot seem find to any examples of these words written by hand on the internet, and I would much rather use a hand-written type specimen rather than a digitally typeset one because I feel it conveys the beauty and fluidity of the language far better.

I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction of some specimens, or even if someone knew Arabic themselves it would be amazingly generous if they could provide a basic specimen and be showered in thanks for the rest of eternity?

Huge thanks,


satya's picture

Can't you write these two words in your own handwriting?
حلال ḥalāl
حرام harām

oprion's picture

I don't really know much about Arabic calligraphy, but which (if any) would be the correct form of the word "ḥalāl"? I am guessing, the difference is that one of the examples is written left-to-right.

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oprion's picture

Err.. sorry, I meant harām :)
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Theunis de Jong's picture

Top appears to read haram -- and yes, that's right to left!

I just looked up the characters in the Windows Character map :-) I can clearly identify the Initial Hah; the Medial Reh is a bit more curved in Times New Roman. Next one -- the 3rd from the right, that is -- seems to be an alef, ending with a Final form Meem.

Then again, I wouldn't take Times New Roman as the norm. There is a dedicated Arabic Typesetting forum elsewhere on this site. Perhaps better moved over there.

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