Rumi's Cave

If All the Trees Were Pen: A Talk & Demonstration by Master Calligrapher Haji Noor Deen

Hajj Nour Deen - Calligraphy in Chinese Culture Event-1.jpgALL THE TREES WERE PENS –
A Talk and visual demonstration on Chinese and Arabic calligraphy by Master Calligrapher Haji Noor Deen Mi Guang Jiang

Date: Saturday 3th December 2016
Admission: 6:15pm
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Booking Fee: £7 via eventbrite, £9 at the door.
Concession Fee: £5 for students / unemployed.

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Join us for an evening of talk and visual demonstration on the world of Qalam – Nun – The Pen within Chinese and Arabic calligraphy by a renowed master calligrapher Haji Noor Deen @ Rumi’s Cave.

*Haji Noor’s artwork will be available to purchase and to have sign after the event

”God is beautiful and He loves beauty”
(Sahīh Muslim (911)

The pen records human emotions, feelings and meanings. Also the pen is mentioned in the Holy Qur’an in the chapter of the pen where importance of it can be seen.
In the very first verse of the Qur’an which was revealed said that

” God taught by the pen – taught man that which he knew not.” (96: 4-5)


(Allah will Raise up, to (suitable) ranks (And degrees), those of you who believe and those who have Been granted Knowledge.” (58:11) )


Haji Noor Deen will share his personal journey through Islamic art and he will talk about how he perceives and combines Chinese and Arabic calligraphy followed by a a demonstration of his exquisite work. Rumi’s Cave audience will find a chance to see his infusion of immense learning and teachings in traditional thought and Islamic art to a modern audience. The outcome of his work would be called as an compound of a masterful calligraphic technique which uniquely fuses both Chinese and Arabic Islamic arts.

After the event you will get a chance to buy his art work, get your names written on a special paper and chat with him along the process.

About Haji Noor Deen:

Haji Noor Deen Mi Guang Jiang is a renowned master of Arabic calligraphy. Born in 1963 in Shangdong province, China, he brings an immense learning in traditional thought and Islamic art to a modern audience, juxtaposing them in a new calligraphic style all his own, both Eastern and Western. The Chinese and Arabic calligraphic traditions have often been compared as two of the world’s finest manifestations of the written word.

About Haji Noor’s Art:

The Chinese and Arabic calligraphic traditions have often been compared as the two of the world’s finest manifestations of the written word, but never likened; indeed, they are at once opposites and complements. When combined the result is an artistic piece that is a work of incredibly unique beauty, and a testimony to man’s synthesizing genius.

Noor Deen’s extraordinary mastery and genius along with his unique ability to spectacularly deliver his craft to an audience has brought him lecture and workshop invitations from some of the most renowned and prestigious institutions around the world, including: Harvard University, Cambridge University, University of California-Berkley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Bukhari Institute and many others. He has delivered lectures on calligraphy at the Islamic College in Zhengzhou, China, and the Zaytuna Institute in California. Currently, Noor Deen is developing his own gallery entitled “The Chinese House for the Arts of Islamic Arabic Calligraphy” and the “Arabic Calligraphy Creative Centre”, at the National Academy of Painting and Calligraphy in Henan Province, China.

In 1997, Haji Noor Deen was awarded Certificate of Arabic Calligrapher in Egypt, being the first Chinese person to be honored with this prestigious award. In 2000, Noor Deen initiated and taught the first regular and systemic Arabic Calligraphy course at the Zhengzhou Islamic College in China. His work has been collected and displayed in galleries and museums around the world, often as the first Chinese/Arabic artist, including The British Museum, San Francisco Aslan Museum, National Museum of Scotland and Harvard University Art Museum.

In 2008, Haji Noor Deen travelled to Istanbul and became the first Chinese student to study traditional Arabic calligraphy taught by the distinguished Turkish calligrapher and Shiek, Hassan Chalabi as well as the artist/calligrapher Dawoud Baktash.

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