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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: Shuruq Harb

    The Keeper

    A limited edition artist book

    This book tells the story of Shuruq Harb's encounter with Mustafa, a young street vender in downtown Ramallah, who sells images…

  • کتاب تحلیل و بررسی حروف فارسی با نگاهی اجمالی به پیشینه الفبا به نحوه ی…

  • Book: James Boekbinder


    a story about parents and children

    Together with Zhenya Pashkina, I'm working on a graphic version of a non-fiction book by Judith Uyterlinde. You can read a whole…

  • Book

    Aswat al Abjaddyah

    The Sounds of the Alphabet

    Aswat Al Abjaddyah started with a font, Tabati , created by Lara Assouad Khoury, a typographic expression of a story (also titled…

  • animation film: Edo Smitshuijzen - 8 reactions

    Persepolis, story of an Iranian childhood

    An animated biography of an Iranian woman

    Sometimes the story about important developments in the Arab world are best told by reports about personal experiences. And…

  • Book: onish aminelahi - 1 reactionپینوکیوی-اونیش-امین-الهی-در-تقویم-صلح

  • 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: Wissem El-Abed

    « Tunisie, terre de rencontres », Editions PIPPA, Collection Itinérances, 14,90 € -, +31 1 46 33 95 81

  • Book: François W. Beydoun

    ESPRIT PORCELAINE is the collective name of a group of ceramic artists with individual talents combine to provide products with a…

  • Book: Nadine Touma - 1 reaction

    Flip Beirut Flip

    An anthology of the city of Beirut by 12 artists

    12 flip books about Beirut, using photography, charcoal drawing, collage, digital 3d media...

  • Book: Kambiz Shafei


    Exhibition of 50 Years of Iranian Typography at the Basel School of Design FHNW/HGK, 2007

    isbn 9789646994584   NAZAR PUBLISHERS Available at for  €31,20  A treasure trove of 50 years of…

  • Mehdi Saeedi - Collection of graphic works 1999 - 2004 Published in the Tehran (IR) (2005) ; about 96 pages, 17 x 24 cm,…

  • Book: cyrus highsmith

    Inside Paragraphs

    Typographic Fundamentals

    A book about what goes on inside a paragraph of printed text.

  • Book: Farah Behbehani - 25 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…

  • Book: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares - 6 reactions

    Arabic Typography

    A comprehensive sourcebook

    copyright © Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès, 2001 Originally published by Saqi Books, London ISBN 0-86356-347-3 This book is out of…

  • Book: Samira

    This book was a collection of posters that designed for theater. The whole concept of design that I chose was shadow theater.

  • Book: Pascal Zoghbi / 29 Letters / 29LT, Don Karl

    In the light of the Arab revolutions that currently bring sweeping changes to the Middle East, this book keeps an eye on the…

  • Book: eps51 - 5 reactions


    Graphic Design from the Arab World and Persia

    Authors: Ben Wittner, Sascha Thoma, Nicolas Bourquin Release: April 2008 Available Soon! Price: € 44,00 / $ 65,00 / £ 33,00…

  • Book: Susan Hefuna

    Interview with Susan Hefuna

    by Hans Ulrich Obrist

    golden booklet: exhibition at Townhouse Gallery Cairo ISBN 978-3-939- 583-71-4 blue booklet: exhibition at ACAF, Alexandria…

  • Book: Fadi Shayya - 6 reactions

    At the Edge of the City

    Reinhabiting Public Space toward the Recovery of Beirut’s Horsh Al-Sanawbar

    Edited by Fadi Shayya Foreword by George Arbid Design by Danny Khoury ISBN 978-9953-0-1537-8 192 pages, with color photographs…

  • Publication, Book: Annelys de Vet

    010 publishers, 2007 | Edited and designed by Annelys de Vet Sublime landscapes, tranquil urban scenes, frolicking children; who…

  • Book: Farzan Kermaninejad - 3 reactions

    Packaging Design

    in Introduction

    This book covered all aspects and dimensions of Packaging Design in Persian language. This observations comprise of history, styles,…

  • Book: lena merhej

    a3takid annana sanakoun hadi2in fil harb el moukbila

    I think we will be much calmer in the next war

    a series of notes and comments that i wrote after the 2006 Israeli war in Lebanon

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