Contemporary Jawi Art Workshop

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Contemporary Jawi Art Workshop with Hazrin Mohd

Type of Workshop: Series (Dates TBA)
Duration per session: 3hrs
Fee: TBA

Registration of Interest is Open

Venue: OVERJOYED WORKSHOP SPACE - The Cathay, 2 Handy Road, #B1-11 Singapore 229233

Overview by Instructor

The advent of Islam in the Malay Archipelago had a very significant impact on the development of the Malay language, including the writing system. As Islam is closely tied on the Quranic language, Arabic, in all parts of the Muslim world non-Arabs tended to adopt Arabic writing system together with borrowing the Arabic loanwords into their native languages.

In the Malay world particularly, the Arabic letters based writing system had been used for centuries, which is called the Jawi script. In addition to the original Arabic letters, 5 new symbols were systematically constructed to fit the phonemes not found in the Arabic but native to the Malay.

About the Workshop

Learn basic Jawi (Contemporary Arabic script) and familiarise youself with simple Jawi symbols and their corresponding Roman alphabets. Discover also the various script types used in many Malay manuscripts!

This workshop offers participants insight into this beautiful art form through different visual styles of script, which reflect the various practices and historical evolution of the form. Participants will also learn the fundamentals of khat and in the form of jawigraffiti, as well as the discipline and the mental state of a calligrapher. Using a traditional hand-carved bamboo or reed pen and inkwell, participants will learn how to write in Arabic.