IRCICA Tenth International Calligraphy Competition 2016

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Submission Deadline: 29 February 2016.

IRCICA is pleased to announce its call for entries for the Tenth International Calligraphy Competition.

Launched in April 2015, the competition will be finalized in May 2016. The deadline for registration is 31 October 2015 and the deadline for submission of the entries, 29 February 2016.

Awards totaling US$ 137,000.- will be distributed to a total of 66 prizes and mentions in the following 11 categories of writing styles: Jaly Thuluth, Thuluth, Naskh, Muhaqqaq-Reyhani, Jaly Ta’liq, Ta’liq, Jaly Diwani, Diwani, Kufi, Rik’a and Maghribi.

The Terms and Conditions booklet and the Participation Form, all available in the English, Arabic and Turkish languages separately can be obtained by request from: Calligraphy Competition Secretariat, IRCICA, Yıldız Sarayı, Seyir Köşkü, Barbaros Bulvarı, Beşiktaş 34349 Istanbul, Turkey, Tel.: +90 212 259 1742,

The jury members of the tenth competition are: Dr. Halit Eren, Director General of IRCICA and Chairman of the Organising Committee; Dr. Abdulridha Baheya Al-Farjawee, Iraq;  Mr. M. Jalil Rasuli, Iran; Mr. Fuad Başar, Turkey; Mr. Mossad M. M. Khodeir, Egypt; Mr. Obida M. S. Al Banki, Syria; Mr. Belaid Hamidi, Morocco; Mr. Davut Bektaş, Turkey. Its honorary members are: Mr. Ahmed Ziya İbrahim, Saudi Arabia; Mr. Hasan Çelebi, Turkey; Prof. Dr. Hüsrev Subaşı, Turkey; Dr. Mohammed Cherifi, Algeria.

The purpose of this international competition is to revive and promote the classical art of Islamic calligraphy. Thus, it aims to encourage artists of Islamic calligraphy to produce works remaining within the framework of the traditional spirit and rules and to protect it from trends which emerged outside of the classical principles. This attempt will provide a common ground for all Muslim calligraphers to exchange their knowledge and experiences, and enable the development of a commonly appreciated artistic taste among Muslims all over the world.

Earlier, IRCICA dedicated the first international competition (1986) to Hamid al-Amidi (1891-1982), the second (1989) to Yaqut al-Mustasimi (d. 1298), the third (1992) to Ibn al-Bawwab (d. 1022), the fourth (1997) to Sheikh Hamdullah (1429-1520), the fifth (2000) to Sayyid Ibrahim (1897-1994), the sixth (2003) to Mir Imad al-Hasani (1554-1615), the seventh (2006) to Hashim Muhammad al-Baghdadi (1917-1973), the eighth (2010) to Muhammed Badawi al-Dirani (1894-1967) and the ninth (2013) to Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu.

Hafiz Othman (1051-1109 H./1642-1698), whose name the tenth competition will bear, lived and died in Istanbul. studied calligraphy with eminent masters of his time and later introduced innovations of his own. Among his works are 25 mushafs (copies of the Holy Quran), parts of the Holy Quran, the book Dala’il al-khayrat which is a book of prayers and sayings in praise of the Prophet first collected and arranged by Shaykh Sulayman al-Jazuli (d. c. 1470). Numerous copies of this book began to appear early 18th century. Hafiz Othman was the first calligrapher to write the description of the qualities of the Prophet in the form of a plate, called a Hilya al-Sharif.

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