In this gallery we'll explore the use of calligraphy in the Islamic world. It can be found adorning temples, in writing, household items and clothing. Calligraphy or beautiful writing is one of three principle forms of artistic expression in the Islamic world. Calligraphy was not only reserved for religious work, calligraphic inscription’s can be found in poems, aphorisms, or praise for rulers. It is a highly adaptable script; it has been adapted to every possible surface from stone to textiles. Islamic calligraphy comes in multiple styles. The first formal style of calligraphy is known as Kufic named after the city Kufah in Iraq developed in the late 8th century. It was used in many early Qur’an manuscripts and inscriptions. Calligraphy as been continuously refined over the years, by the 10th century an additional six scripts had been created thuluth, muhaqqaq, naskh, rayhani, tauqi, and riqa and used for literary, religious and administrative works. It is written from left to right, containing 28 letters, with minor adjustments for Persian, Urdu, and Ottoman Turkish languages. Letters consist of 17 basic forms of vertical and horizontal strokes, then modified with a series of dots above or below with four letters serving as long vowels with short vowels appearing as diacritical marks. Letters are usually found linked together in various configurations depending on their position in the word.