Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World

The Beauty and the Word

Islamic Calligraphy workshop with Jawdat Khadim

Jawdat at work

Saturday 22nd February 2014

10:30 - 17:00

Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Edinburgh, 19 George Square.

Cost: £20 (lunch included)

Jawdat Khadim Kaiby taught Arabic calligraphy in Iraq for thirteen years at the Basra Fine Art Institute and was head of his department for four years. He also served for three years as head of the Basra Arabic Calligraphy Society.

Jawdat moved to Scotland in 2008 and has led calligraphy workshops at the University of Glasgow's Hunterian Museum and the prestigious Burrell Collection.

In this day-long workshop Jawdat will introduce students to the basics of Islamic calligraphy. Students will then have the opportunity to try their hand at this traditional and celebrated art of the Islamic World

All materials will be provided and you don't need any previous experience of calligraphy.

Lunch at the famous Original Mosque Kitchen is included in the £20 ticket price.


Book your place

To book your place, please click on the link below which will take you to the University of Edinburgh's payment page for this event.

We can only accommodate 15 people so please do book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

For further information about the workshop or if you encounter any problems when booking your place, please contact the Alwaleed Centre Outreach Projects Manager, Tom Lea:


0131 650 6686