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Darwīsh ʿAbd al-Majīd Ṭāliqānī
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Darwīsh ʿAbd al-Majīd Ṭāliqānī, was the most renowned calligrapher of the shikastahnastaʿlīq style of calligraphy in 12th/18th-century Iran. He was born around 1150/1737, in the Ṭāliqān (or Ṭālaqān) district of Qazwīn and in his youth went to Iṣfahān. He was known by the title ‘Darwīsh’ owing to his asceticism (Ādhar Begdilī, 415). Once in Iṣfahān, ʿAbd al-Majīd started practicing calligraphy (Akhtar, 170; Abū al-Ḥasan Ghaffārī, 444). At first he wrote in the nastaʿlīq script and only later did he turn his hand to the shikastah script, mastering it to the highest standard. In …

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Mohammad Hassan Semsar, “Darwīsh ʿAbd al-Majīd Ṭāliqānī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 24 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_036132>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180110



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