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Ahmed Karahisari – احمد شمس ا لدين قراهسارى

Elhamdülillâh + Müselsel Besmele + İhlâs Sûresi

Elhamdülillâh + Müselsel Besmele + İhlâs Sûresi

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.

Basmala is executed in thuluth in a style called muusalsal (an Arabic term meaning chained or continuous) written without lifting the pen and in one continuous line.

Basmala is executed in thuluth in a style called muusalsal (an Arabic term meaning chained or continuous) written without lifting the pen and in one continuous line.

 

Among the followers of Karahisari style his student Hasan Çelebi is renowned as much as himself.

He died in Istanbul.

Sources:
Islamic art. B. Barbara (1991). British Museum Press. p. 240.
Sacred Script: Muhaqqaq in Islamic Calligraphy, N. Mansour, M. Allen. p.180.

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Mehmed was the grandson of Mustafa Dede, the son of Sheikh Hamdullah. He learned the art of calligraphy from his father, from whom he also received his icazet. In Thuluth and Naskhi he imitated the style and character of the script used by his grandfather. He died ca. 1001 H. and was buried near the grave of his grandfather in the cemetery of Karacaahmet.

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