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Regional Scripts and Variations

Scripts have their own distinct function and history; some were used widely while others remained local. For example, maghribi was developed and used primarily in Spain and North Africa, while nasta'liq, a flowing script originating in Iran and Central Asia, spread eastward and became popular in Mughal India and Ottoman Turkey (fig. 14).

Fig. 14. Examples of regional scripts, both reading bismillah

Lamp stand with chevron pattern

The lesson plan related to Arabic Script and the Art of Calligraphy features a sixteenth-century lamp stand from Iran.