It's a form that was introduced in the 4th Hijri century with its curved, oblique lines and elegant cursive script
replacing the straight angular form of Kufic, still used by many calligraphers to this day as their preferred form of calligraphy.
Arranged in sections on the three areas of study, the 28 papers discuss such matters as the career of some Elephantine and Murasu scribes and witnesses, Phoenician and Aramaic inscriptions from Abusir, the state of modern Syriac lexicography, 12 published and unpublished Jewish Aramaic ostraca written in the "Jewish" cursive script
, philological notes on the David-Bathsheba story, the role of the governor in Persian imperial administration, and personal names as pejorative puns in ancient texts.
These were complemented by a reiteration of the room-size installation Past Lives, 1989, a collaboration with poet Amy Gerstler that, with its blackboard, wallpaper border of cursive script
, and landscape of child-size chairs arranged singly and in duos, mimics a classroom.
I tend to keep these lists in shorthand notebooks, each page spidery with my sprawling cursive script
, an expansive tick appearing beside each one when I've managed to achieve that particular goal.
The Gayetons then take the notes from their interviews and lay them over the images in a chalkboard-white, looping cursive script
Evoking images of romance and elegance, this year's Love stamp features a graphic design of satin ribbons that spell out the word "Love" in a graceful, cursive script
Under such circumstances the ambiguity of the cursive script
might have even been semiconsciously or subconsciously cultivated as a way of preventing laymen from acquiring scribal skills.
Apart from Bushras work the remaining calligraphies are in cursive script
that dates back at least to the first decades of the Muslim era.
The piece is gray, produced by using a low fire glaze and engraved with marks resembling tribal marking and a cursive script
Miss Bailey was the headmistress of the infant school and Walter Holmes headmaster of the junior school and he personally taught every child in the school to write cursive script
, or as we called it "real writing".
The cursive script
used in some of the letters indicates that it may be the writing of an older person.
Further complicating the task is the fact that artisans who did the engraving used an elaborately cursive script
, which can be difficult to read.