December 21, 2013

Crescent Muslim Certificate This very traditional Muslim marriage certificate, or nikah, features an exceptionally intricate, handpainted geometric border, as well as many other finely done artistic features. An elegantly calligraphed “bismallah” surmounts the certificate. The central area is filled with a crescent along the bottom rim of a full circle. The main Arabic text and signature areas are within this circle, while delicate geometric arabesques show through the calligraphy. Attributes of Allah fill five smaller circles and a sura from the Qur’an frames the bottom of the central area.  Diagonally written lines of Persian poetry by Rumi are an extra feature of this otherwise very traditional layout.

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