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Fancy Writing and Other Islamic Art



Fancy Writing and Other Islamic Art
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.74

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     challenging words:    calligraphers, calligraphy, curlicues, geometric, muslim, artists, ever, unique, furniture, holy, marble, weave, study, name, building, fancy
     content words:    Taj Mahal


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Fancy Writing and Other Islamic Art
By Colleen Messina
  

1     If you have ever written your name with fancy curlicues on it, you have had a taste of calligraphy. Calligraphy is fancy writing. Islamic artists think that calligraphy is the best art of all.
 
2     In Islam, artists do not show human faces or figures. They do fancy writing in Arabic. Arabic is the language of their holy book, the Koran. Calligraphers use a reed pen. They use many colors of ink. They study a long time to learn fancy writing. Calligraphy is even on walls of Islamic buildings. The Taj Mahal, an amazing Islamic building, has calligraphy on its white marble walls. It is in Agra, India.
 
3     Islamic artists also use geometric patterns. They use pictures of plants, flowers, and birds. Many of their patterns are complex. They have many details.

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