Arabic : نسخ nasḫ/nasḵ; also known as NASKHI or
by its Turkish name NESIH) is a specific style of the
, said to have been invented by the calligrapher Ibn Muqlah Shirazi
(d. 940). The root of this
Arabic term nasakh-a (نسخ) means "to
copy". It either refers to the fact that it replaced its predecessor,
Kufic script, or that this style allows faster copying of texts.
This type of script was derived from
Thuluth by introducing a number
of modifications resulting in smaller size and greater delicacy. It is
written using a small, very fine pen known as a cava pen , which makes
the script eminently suitable for use in book production. Naskhi was
used in copying Qur\'ans , Delails, En-ams and Hadiths . It was also
used in commentaries on the
Tafsir ) and in collections of
Divan ). It was and is a very widely used form of script.
With small modifications, this is the style most commonly used for
Arabic , Persian , Pashto and Sindhi languages and for
representations of the
Arabic alphabet by computer fonts . Naskh,
along with Ta\'liq , notably also gave rise to Nasta\'līq , the style
of script used for writing
Urdu , Persian , Punjabi , Kashmiri , and
sometimes Pashto and Uyghur .
* Ruqʿah (the cursive
Urdu , other
Arabic keyboard layouts
National Language Authority
* ^ "Qur\'an Carpet Page; al-Fatihah".
World Digital Library .
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