Illuminated Manuscript: “Sapari Tema” Remake

Original Author: Sa'adia ben Amram Title of Work:  סַפְּרִי תַמָּה תְמִימָה   (Sapari Tema Temimah - "Tell me, O innocent one") I decided this time around to create a piece reminiscent of Mediaeval illuminated manuscripts, and illustrated some of the key themes from the poem. This is in no way an accurate portrayal of illuminated manuscripts,... Continue Reading →

Autumn 2019 Reads for the ALPH Geek

Here is another rare update from everyone's favourite Yemeni paint-splattered social recluse. As I contemplate which disciplines to study in graduate school that would be worthwhile (interesting, challenging, and practical), I may as well do some leisurely reading :) Most of the world values STEM more than ALPH — i.e., Arts, Literature & Linguistics, Philosophy,... Continue Reading →

Thorn and Eth: Þ and Ð

Today, we will venture faaaar beyond Babylonia and her Semitic languages, and we shall focus on the Anglo-Saxon language (Old English). In particular, we will focus on two distinct alphabetical characters that have been used in the Anglo-Saxon writing system, that are no longer used in Modern English writing. In order to understand this post,... Continue Reading →

Socotra

SOCOTRA, Yemen . . . a celestial island of Dragon Blood trees and dragonflies. Her fragile ecosystem is falling apart. It was a slow death at first; climate change is a familiar culprit. Her wounds took a turn for the worse amid the ongoing war against Yemen. The world must not turn away from this injustice.... Continue Reading →

Surat al Ikhlas

"Surat al Ikhlas" I would like to share a work of calligraphy I made in the winter of 2014. Here I have Surat al Ikhlas in what was intended to be Kufic Arabic script. Kufic, the oldest form of Arabic script that emerged from borrowing elements of the Nabatean and Syriac abjads, traditionally excludes the... Continue Reading →

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