Yaqut al-Musta'simi

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Yaqut al-Musta'simi
Qur'an by the Scribe Yaqut al-Musta'simi.jpg
Page of the Qur'an Dated 681 A. H./1282 A. D.Baghdad
Died 1298
Known for Islamic calligraphy
Movement Naskh (script) Thuluth
Patron(s) Al-Musta'sim

Yaqut al-Musta'simi (also Yakut-i Musta'simi) (died 1298[1]) was a well-known calligrapher[2][3] and secretary of the last Abbasid caliph. He was born of Greek origin in Amaseia and carried off when he was very young.[4] He codified six basic calligraphic styles of the Arabic script.[5] Naskh script was said to have been revealed and taught to the scribe in a vision. He developed Yakuti, a handwriting named after him, described as a thuluth of "a particularly elegant and beautiful type."[1] Supposedly he had copied the Qur'an more than a thousand times.[6]



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  4. ^ Houtsma, M. Th (1987). E.J. Brill's First Encyclopaedia of Islam 1913-1936, Volume 1. BRILL. p. 1154. ISBN 9789004082656. YAKUT al-MUSTA'SIMI, Djamal al-DIn Auu 'l-Madjd ... some say he was a Greek from Amasia; he was probably carried off on a razzia while still very young. He was a eunuch. 
  5. ^ Sözen, Metin; İlhan Akşit (1987). The evolution of Turkish art and architecture. Haşet Kitabevi. 
  6. ^ Knappert, Jan (2005). Swahili culture, Book 2. E. Mellen Press. ISBN 978-0-7734-6109-3.