Hassan Massoudy

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Hassan Massoudy (حسن المسعود الخطاط), born in 1944, considered by the French writer Michel Tournier as the "greatest living calligrapher",[1] currently lives in Paris.

Early life

Hassan Massoudy was born in 1944[2] in Najaf.[3] He grew up in a traditional society.[3] He moved to Baghdad in 1961, where he learned classic Arabic calligraphy.[3]


After arriving in Paris in 1969, he entered the “Ecole des Beaux-Arts”[2] where he studied figurative painting.[4] But he did not stop calligraphy altogether; to pay for his studies, he was doing headlines in calligraphy for Arabic magazines.[4]

In 1972,[3] he created, with the actor Guy Jacquet and later the musician Fawzi Al Aiedy, Arabesque, a public performance combining music, poetry and live calligraphies projected on a screen .[4]

In 1995, he was involved in the design of the stage set for the ballet “Selim” with the dancer Kader Belarbi from the Opera de Paris and the singer Houria Aichi on a choreography from Kalemenis.[5]

In 2005 he met the dancer and choreographer Carolyn Carlson, and the musician Kudsi Erguner. Together with three other dancers and three other musicians, they created the show “Metaphore”, a harmony of music, dance and calligraphy.[5]


Writer and illustrator:

  • Calligraphie arabe vivante, Flammarion
  • Désir d'envol, une vie en calligraphie, Albin Michel
  • Sinbad le marin, trois voyages, Alternatives
  • Si loin de l'Euphrate, Albin Michel
  • L'ABCdaire de la calligraphie arabe, Flammarion
  • Calligraphies d'amour, Albin Michel
  • Le chemin d'un calligraphe, Phébus
  • Hassan Massoudy calligraphe, Flammarion


  • Le vin, le vent, la vie, choix de poèmes, Actes Sud
  • L'histoire de Gilgamesh, Alternatives
  • Toi, mon infinitude, Albin Michel
  • Calligraphie pour l'homme, Alternatives
  • Écrire la paix, une calligraphie arabe de la paix, Le Pouce Et L'Index
  • L'harmonie parfaite d'Ibn ´Arabî, Albin Michel
  • L'hydre fumée, Idlivre
  • Calligraphie du désert, Alternatives
  • Les quatrains de Rûmi, Albin Michel
  • Le voyage des oiseaux, Alternatives
  • L'enfant et la promesse, Fata Morgana
  • La guerre sainte suprême de l'islam arabe, Fata Morgana
  • Calligraphie de terre, Alternatives
  • Le jardin perdu, Alternatives
  • Antara, le poète du désert, 525-615, Alternatives
  • Jouer à écrire en arabe - Graphisme, Concentration, Réflexion, Retz
  • L'exil, extraits de "Consolation à Helvia, ma mère", Alternatives
  • Un suspens de cristalUn suspens de cristal, Fata Morgana
  • Bris de langues, Brémond
  • Récit de l'exil occidental, Fata Morgana
  • Les chapelets d'attache, Amiot-Lenganey
  • Le passant d'Orphalese extraits du livre "Le prophète", Syros
  • Le vin, le vent, la vie, Sindbad
  • Le Conte des conteurs, La Découverte


  • La voix de Schéhérazade, Fata Morgana


  1. ^ cited in Caravanes, Vol. 1, Phébus, 1989
  2. ^ a b "Hassan Massoudy, quand l'écriture devient un art". L'internaute (in French). Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Hassan Massoudy". October Gallery. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "Hassan Massoudy, Calligraphe irakien". Europe Turkmen Friendships (in French). Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "http://www.musiquesdumonde.fr/HASSAN-MASSOUDY,200". Musiques du Monde (in French). Retrieved http://www.musiquesdumonde.fr/HASSAN-MASSOUDY,200.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help); External link in |title= (help)

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