Arabic Calligraphy: Learn Kufic Script

A course by Joumana Medlej
Calligraphy Artist. London, United Kingdom.
Joined November 2020
, Calligraphy Artist

Explore the ancient Arabic script style of Kufic by learning to write a short text using traditional artistic practices

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  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Explore the ancient Arabic script style of Kufic by learning to write a short text using traditional artistic practices

  • 100% positive reviews (91)
  • 2546 students
  • 17 lessons (2h 24m)
  • 21 additional resources (9 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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Kufic is a style of Arabic calligraphy that was born during the Islamic Golden Age. It emphasizes beauty in its composition, blending harmony of proportion and consistency of form. Though the style of Kufic script has faded over the last thousand years, artist Joumana Medlej keeps the practice alive, specializing and teaching the artistic techniques behind this lost art.

Travel back in time to uncover the beauty and mystery of Arabic calligraphy. Join Joumana and learn how to write an inspiring message in Kufic script adorned with traditional markings and colors.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Background and Essentials
  • U3
    U3. Learning the Script
  • U4
    U4. Writing a Page
  • U5
    U5. Finishing Touches and Taking It Forward
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by getting to know Joumana. Hear her story about how she got started, why she turned her focus to Kufic tradition and her background as an artist and a professional.

Joumana begins by introducing the types of tools and paper needed for the course. Practice with some drawing exercises to warm up and explore the basic shapes that are the foundation for creating any letter.

Enter the world of Kufic manuscript with Jouamana as she teaches the complete alphabet and rules of spacing and stretching. Learn the script grammar and understand how letters can change when combined together. Discover the best ways to practice Kufic manuscript to develop your muscle memory.

Begin writing your Kufic script by defining the surface of your page, which serves a guide. Decide on the message you want to convey through your writing and compose your manuscript in pencil. Once you are happy with your writing, finalize your calligraphy in ink.

Then, begin uncovering the many layers of Kufic markings— special characters revealing sound and meaning that act as attractive and colorful details. Add the final touches to your text by adding punctuation and vocalization marks, known as harakât. To wrap up the course, Joumana shows you other ways to explore Kufic as an art form by demonstrating different artistic approaches.

What is this course's project?

Create a page layout with a quote in traditional Kufic script, including its punctuation and design.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in early Arabic calligraphy or scripts. This course is also ideal for those who would like to explore a meditative activity rich in history and culture.

Requirements and materials

No previous knowledge is required. Knowledge of Arabic script is helpful, but not mandatory.

To take this course, you need a reed pen, black ink, and smooth paper.


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Joumana Medlej

A course by Joumana Medlej

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Calligraphy Artist

Joumana Medlej is a Lebanese calligraphy artist based in London. Though she is known for her use of Kufic scripts, her work encompasses also encompasses other fields including graphic design, drawing, illustration, digital games, and children’s literature.

Joumana teaches Manuscript Kufic and Square Kufic at the Arab British Centre and her studio in the UK, rediscovering traditional inks and paints along the way. She has collaborated with Apple, Amnesty, the Khayrallah Center at NCSU, BBC Arabic, and the Royal Hashemite Court of Jordan, among others.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Background and Essentials

    • Basic Shapes
    • Choosing and Preparing the Paper
    • Pen, Ink and Other Tools
  • U3

    Learning the Script

    • Spacing and Stretching
    • Stylistic Ligatures
    • Connecting the Letters: Structural Changes
    • The Letters
  • U4

    Writing a Page

    • Writing the Page 2
    • Writing the Page 1
    • Making a Full-Size Draft
    • Selecting and Preparing the Text
    • Constructing the Text Box
  • U5

    Finishing Touches and Taking It Forward

    • Making the Script Your Own
    • Punctuation (Golden Motifs)
    • Vocalisation Marks (Red Dots)
  • FP

    Final project

    • Arabic Calligraphy: Learn Kufic Script

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Arabic Calligraphy: Learn Kufic Script. Calligraphy, and Typography course by Joumana Medlej

Arabic Calligraphy: Learn Kufic Script

A course by Joumana Medlej
Calligraphy Artist. London, United Kingdom.
Joined November 2020
  • 100% positive reviews (91)
  • 2546 students