This website on Arabic calligraphy was created by the Islamic Arts and Architecture Organization. The site provides a series of essays on the Arabic alphabet, which cover its origins, reform and development. There is also information on Arabic writing tools and on the geometric principals behind Arabic calligraphy, based on the size of the alif - the first letter of the Arabic alphabet. The site also provides information on the major scripts involved in Arabic writing: thuluth, kufi, naskh, deewani, riqa and taliq. An online presentation of examples is also available, divided into sections corresponding to geographic regions and cultures. Each example is accompanied by a detailed description, translation and dimensions.
Created by Brian Whitaker, who is the Middle East editor of The Guardian, the Arab gateway aims to introduce non-Arabs to the Arab culture. This Web page from it is dedicated to Arabic writing and calligraphy. The site provides a brief introduction to the Arabic alphabet illustrated using many links to further sources of information on other websites. There are links to information on the alphabet, to online lessons and examples of ancient and modern Arabic calligraphy and to articles and books on calligraphy. In particular, the site links to the Islamic Arts and Architecture Organization, which contains a series of pages on Arabic Calligraphy.