What is Nasakh Style

Posted by staff 22/11/2016 0 Comment(s)

Nasakh is derived from the verb “nasakha”, means “to transcribe or copy”. Nasakh eventually replaced Kufic as the script of choice for the Quran. It is still the most common font in printed Arabic for printing. Nasakh is also popular for writing books because of its legibility.


Nasakh style was developed in the 10th century. It was refined by Seyh Hamdullah in the 15th century and still in use today.  Nasakh style has a few characteristics which are small script, neat and balanced. Letter shapes for Nasakh are more fluid and curved than rayhani and the letters lean slightly to the left. It is also has an equal division between flat and round shapes and heavy and light strokes. It is highly legible, clear and quick to write. For Nasakh style, descending letters end in an upward hook.


It is hard to learn to write Nasakh well because the letter shapes in Nasakh are based on different proportions than the other scripts.


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