Ahmed Karahisari (1468–1566) was an Ottoman calligrapher.
Karahisari was born in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey. Unlike most of the Ottoman calligraphers of his era he did not follow the style of Sheikh Hamdullah, but adopted the trend of Yakut-ı Mustasımi. He created the best examples of the script varieties of Thuluth and Naskh. However, apart from his students, this style was not widely accepted.
His most important work is the Quran which he penned for Suleiman the Magnificent (reigned 1520-1566), which is preserved today at the Topkapi Palace.
In terms of the technique and innovations made to the calligraphy, he is considered one of the most important three Ottoman calligraphers along with Sheikh Hamdullah and Hâfiz Osman.
Among the followers of Karahisari style his student Hasan Çelebi is renowned as much as himself.
He died in Istanbul.
Islamic art. B. Barbara (1991). British Museum Press. p. 240.
Sacred Script: Muhaqqaq in Islamic Calligraphy, N. Mansour, M. Allen. p.180.
“Baghdad, at the confluence of two cultures, Aramaean and Greek, became, in the tenth century, the intellectual center of the world.” As capital of the caliphate, Baghdad was also to become the cultural capital of the Islamic world. Our purpose is to show, as briefly as possible, the role that this region played in the transmission of the knowledge of antiquity, in the evolution of religious attitudes, and in the flowering of Arabic literature. We shall not try to find out, any more than did the caliphs of the period, whether the actors were Iranians, Arabs, Moslems, Christians, or Jews. Men of letters and of science had gathered in this city either through cultural affinity or because they had been summoned to the caliph’s court for their worth or their competence.An effort was made to keep the language and the religion at an indispensable cultural level. In reality, there was but a single aim: It was necessary to study the structure and the rules of the language of the Koran in order to have the language respected and understood.
Whatever its meaning and scope is, whatever it covers or discloses,there is life. It may be condensed,exalted, athropied or obscured. Or it may become meaningful, evident, full of life. For a moment (or in some people for a lifetime) LIFE may acquire in one of its aspects vigor, density and depth. It’s the ART which assings such a density and clarity to the life.
Art means intelligence which concieves what life is and which gives the life most attractive and beautiful forms. Life without art and intelligence is wild, insensible,it is a substance without forms, action without any aim.