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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: 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: 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…

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    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…

  • Book: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares - 11 reactions

    Typographic Matchmaking

    This book is out of print

    Copyright©2007. Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares Published by BIS Publishers, Amsterdam. 2007 ISBN 978-90-6369-124-0 A new edition…

  • Book: Kameel Hawa

    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: Raymond Prucher

    talib type

    tbp [to be published] April 08

    I for one am weary of the East and West being presented within the frame of what we can learn from one another, sitting at a table…

  • Book: James Boekbinder

    Het stempel (The stamp)

    a story about parents and children

    Together with Zhenya Pashkina, we've just published a graphic version of a non-fiction book by Judith Uyterlinde. You can read pages…

  • Book: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares - 1 reaction

    Arabic Type Design for Beginners

    A bilingual and illustrated guidebook to Arabic type design

    To order your copy or browse through the book please click here:

  • Book

    Language Culture Type:

    International Type Design in the Age of Unicode

    Language Culture Type grew out of the first international type-design competition, the 2001 bukva:raz!, whose goal was to promote…

  • Book: Yousef Ahmadi
  • Book: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares
  • 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…

  • Publication

    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: 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: Sajad Mahdizadeh . Seccad Mehdizade


    THE FIRST IRAN’S PRESS CARTOON FESTIVAL - نخستین جشنواره ملی کارتون و کاریکاتور مطبوعاتی ایران

  • Book: Sep Riyahi, Natalie Maydell, Heba Amin

    Extraordinary Women

    from the Muslim World

    Extraordinary Women from the Muslim World tells the stories of the thirteen women who overcame adversity to make their unique…

  • Publication: Hatem Imam, fdz bx

    Samandal Comics

    Quarterly tri-lingual comics magazine from the Middle East

    The comic book, in its present day form, is regarded as an imported medium to the Arab world. Samandal (Salamander in Arabic), a…

  • Book: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares - 7 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: Nadine Chahine, Reza Abedini, Hassan Massoudi, eL Seed, Wissam Shawkat, Iman Raad

    Hand to Type is a stunning compilation of hand-made and digital scripts that showcases the beauty of handwritten letterforms. The…

  • The Splendor of Islamic Calligraphy, widely acclaimed on first publication as the most lavish and sumptuous study of its kind,…

  • Book: Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFares
  • Book: eL Seed

    Lost Walls

    A Calligraffiti journey through Tunisia

    Lost or forgotten were the walls that now proudly carry the messages of calligraffiti artist eL Seed. "Lost Walls", his first book,…

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