Mīr ʿAlī of Tabriz

Mīr ʿAlī of Tabriz

▪ Islamic calligrapher
born c. 1360, Tabriz, Iran
died 1420, Tabriz

      Islamic calligrapher of the Timurid Age (c. 1370–c. 1500) and a contemporary of Timur (Tamerlane); he was the inventor of the cursive nastaʿlīq (nastaʿlīq script) script, traditionally regarded as the most elegant of the Persian scripts.

      A master of many styles of calligraphy, Mīr ʿAlī developed nastaʿlīq out of the Arabic naskhī and the outdated Persian talʿīq to suit the needs of the Persian language. A well-preserved example of his work is a copy of the poet Khvājeh Kermānī's Homā va Homāyūn (1396–97) in the British Museum. According to legend, ʿAlī, a descendant of the prophet Muḥammad, appeared to Mīr ʿAlī in a dream and showed him the nastaʿlīq script by guiding his hand. Whatever its origin, it remained as the predominant style of calligraphy in Persia for two centuries after Mīr ʿAlī's death.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Mir Ali Tabrizi — (Persian: میرعلی تبریزی) also known as Mir Ali Heravi(Persian: میرعلی هروی) (b. in Herat Afghanistan and d. in Tabriz in modern Iran) is distinguished Persian[1]. The precision of tradition still allows for creativity, and there is a telling… …   Wikipedia

  • Ali Khamenei — سید علی حسینی خامنه‌ای Əli Xameneyi Supreme Leader of Iran Incumbent …   Wikipedia

  • Ali Kuşçu — (?, 1403 16 December,1474) was a Turkish astronomer, mathematician, physicist and scientist. He is best known for his contributions to Uluğ Bey s famous work Zij i Sultani , his efforts in founding Sahn ı Seman University which is one of the… …   Wikipedia

  • MIR SAYYID ‘ALI — M 壟R SAYYID ‘AL 壟 (XVIe s.) Miniaturiste né en Azarbaïdjan, fils du peintre M 稜r Musawwir qu’il surpasse, élève de Q sim ‘Al 稜 et influencé par Aq Mirak, M 稜r Sayyid ‘Al 稜 travaille à Tabriz pour Sh h Tahmasp Ier. Humayun, réfugié à Tabriz, le… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Alí Jamenei — 2.do Líder Supremo de Irán …   Wikipedia Español

  • Mir-Hossein Mousavi — Mousavi redirects here. For other uses, see Mousavi (disambiguation). Mir Hossein Mousavi Khameneh Persian: میرحسین موسوی خامنه Azerbaijani: میرحسین موسوی …   Wikipedia

  • Mir Emad Hassani — Chalipa panel. Al Fatiha. Mir Emad (bo …   Wikipedia

  • Mir-Hossein Mousavi presidential campaign, 2009 — Hope Government Logo Campaign Iranian presidential election, 2009 Candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi Prime Minister of Iran 1981 1989 Affiliation Iranian reform movement …   Wikipedia

  • Mīr Sayyid ʿAli — ▪ Persian painter flourished 16th century, India    Persian miniaturist who, together with his fellow countryman ʿAbd uṣ Ṣamad (Abd uṣ Ṣamad, Khwājaʿ), emigrated to India and helped to found the Mughal school of painting (see Mughal painting).… …   Universalium

  • Mīr Sayyid ‘Alī — flourished 16th century Persian miniature painter. Born in Tabrīz, he went to India about 1545. He and fellow countryman ‘Abd al Samad instructed the artists of the imperial atelier, most of them Indians, and thereby helped to found the school of …   Universalium

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”