Art of the Islamic World: A Resource for Educators—Unit 2: Arabic Script and the Art of
Calligraphy. (n.d.). The Metropolitan Museum of Art. https://www3.metmuseum.org/learn/educators/curriculum-resources/art-of-the-islamic-world
Unit Two of the MET Museum Art of the Islamic World explores Arabic script and the art of calligraphy. The purpose of the unit is to showcase the intricacy of Islamic calligraphy and the messages conveyed. Examples of topics featured in this unit are: Arabic and Islam, origins and characteristics of the Arabic alphabet, the Arabic alphabet and other languages, the development and spread of calligraphic scripts, proportional scripts, regional scripts and variations, and calligraphers and their tools. This unit also includes featured art such as bowls and lamps. A brief description of that art, how it is linked to the theme to the unit, the function, and context of the art is provided. This unit includes lesson plans that teachers can use in language arts or arts classes to teach and help students learn about topics such as art and writing. Suggested readings and resources are offered. Grade level: middle school/ high school.
The Teaching Against Islamophobia resources were developed with funding support from the Law Foundation of BC, and the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies at SFU.