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A Calligrapher’s Journey: From Iraq to Edmonton, War to Refuge


Friday, September 8     7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

With Najm Al Tameemi

Fee of $5 to reserve your seat is returned to you as a free gift

Please join us in welcoming Najm Al Tameemi, an outstanding instructor of Arabic calligraphy, surely among the most beautiful scripts in the world. Najm came to Edmonton in 2015 as a refugee. With him he brought his wife and their seven children. Their journey has been a perilous passage through war to peace.

Najm will tell his story about his life experience as a person who witnessed and rebuilt his life throughout 4 wars (Iran-Iraq, the Gulf War, the sectarian war, and civil war in Syria).

He will share his inspiring understanding of Arabic writing. For him, Arabic calligraphy is both a skill and a gift, not only a profession, which he has relied on during difficult times in his life. His experience of Arabic calligraphy spans more than 35 years, his knowledge of it is profound.

In addition to this talk, we are honoured to offer a free demo, Beautiful Arabic Calligraphy with Najm, Saturday, September 9, 1-4PM, and Calligraphy: Arabic Scripts, a class series on Wednesdays, October 4, 11, 18, & 25, 6-9PM.