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This reading list is compiled by recommendation from the khatt network community and is meant to educate and provide valuable sources for those interested in design and visual communication in the Middle East. Join us as a member and contribute your list of favorite and relevant books, magazines and other resources.

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  • Book: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares, Edo Smitshuijzen

    El Hema

    Graphic design for social change

    In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the highly celebrated El Hema project, Khatt Books has released a comprehensive and…

  • Book: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares - 8 reactions

    Typographic Matchmaking in the City

    Propositions for a Pluralist Public Space

    To order your copy please go to For browsing though the book, click here to see some sample pages .

  • Book: Farideh Shirjian - 1 reaction

    1. The Status of Traditional Plays in Contemporary Theatre of Iran 2. 100+Ideas for Drama 3. First Session: History 4. We, the…

  • Book: Farideh Shirjian - 1 reaction

    Book:The Story of Three Threads

    play and storytelling in the Carpet Museum of Iran

    The book was published by Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism in June 2016…

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    Oasis Magazine

    The first English Arts and Culture Magazine from Saudi Arabia

    Oasis Magazine aims to be a voice and representative of both Saudi and Arab culture. This Issue 9 of Oasis Magazine is of…

  • Book: Dr Geoffrey Roper - 1 reaction

    Tarikh-al-tiba`a fi al-sharq al-arabi

    History of printing in the Arab east

    خليل صابات. تاريخ الطباعة في الشرق العربي. طبعة ثانية، القاهرة: دار…

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  • Book: Dr Geoffrey Roper - 1 reaction

    Typographia Arabica

    the development of Arabic printing as illustrated by Arabic type specimens.

    KREK, Miroslav. Waltham (USA): Brandeis University Library, 1971. iii, 43 pp.

  • Book: Dr Geoffrey Roper

    الببليوجرافيا التحليلية

    دراسة في أوائل المطبوتعات العربية

    جيهان محمود السيد الإسكندرية: دار الثقافة العلمية، ٠٠٠ ٢ Translated Title :…

  • Book: sultan maqtari - 5 reactions

    تعلم الكتابة اليدوية بخط الرقعة

    يصدر المصمم والخطاط سلطان المقطري قريبا كتاباً جديداً يتضمن طريقة مختلفة عن الطرق السابقة في تعلم الكتابة اليدوية بحروف خط الرقعة.

    أن هذا الكتاب مخصص لفئات عمرية متنوعة ومكرس للكتابة على الورق مباشرة…

  • Book: Dr Geoffrey Roper

    Washington: Committee on Arabic and Islamic Studies of the American Council of Learned Societies, 1944. [viii], 370pp.

  • Book: Edo Smitshuijzen

    Sculpting Type

    An Introduction to CNC Typography

    An essential and inspiring book on 3D Typography that explains the basic and varied manufacturing technologies, among which 3D printing.

  • Book: Bahia Shehab - 1 reaction

    A Thousand Times No

    A Visual History of the Lam-Alif

    “This book is dedicated to the lost Lam-Alifs that were buried in the sand, blown by the careless wind, drowned in rivers and…

  • Book: Kameel Hawa - 1 reaction

    A Word Art !

    Animation of lettering and thoughts

    If anything has frontiers it is art; if anything has no frontiers it is art. Take my ‘word art’ for it.

  • Book: Farideh Shirjian - 1 reaction

    100 +Ideas for Drama

    صد ایده ی مفید برای درام در لیست کتب پر فروش انتشارات افراز قرار گرفت

    َAfraz publishing house has recently launched a new book called "100 +Ideas for Drama". Written by:Anna Scher and Charles Verall…

  • Book: Farideh Shirjian

    These three books, First Session: History (It is started from period of Ghajar to Islamic revolution of Iran in 1979), we the…

  • Book: Iman Raad - 4 reactions



    "Covering all manifestations of printed graphics, this generously illustrated volume presents the posters, books, magazines,…

  • Book: Edo Smitshuijzen - 30 reactions

    The Arabic Font Specimen book is finally published and available! Good news for all of you who have been patiently waiting.…

  • Book: onish aminelahi

    Design 360

    Introducing Iranian Graphic Designers

  • Paris. 2000. 146 pp. عبد الله زاخر: مبتكر المطبعة العربية جوزيف إلياس كحّالة…

  • Book: Farah Behbehani - 26 reactions

    The Conference of the Birds

    A Study of Farid Ud-Din Attar's Poem Using Jali Diwani Calligraphy

    Based on the twelfth-century Sufi allegorical poem The Conference of the Birds, this book interprets the poems of the classic text…

  • This book explores the design and manufacturing of Syrian Lingerie like you have not seen it before. Co Edited with Malu Halasa,…

  • Book: Dr Geoffrey Roper - 1 reaction

    From manuscript to printed book in the Islamic world

    Catalogue of an exhibition organized by Eleazar Birnbaum, Virginia Aksan, Michael McCaffrey, Noha Sadek.

    Toronto : Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, 1989. [ii, 33] pp. 8 illustrations (facsimiles).

  • Book: Yara Khoury Nammour

    Nasri Khattar, A Modernist Typotect

    Fighting Illiteracy with Type Design

    The second in the series Arabic Design Library by Khatt Books. It is a concise and highly illustrated bilingual account (in…

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