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Four qalams

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Arabic قلم(qalam), derived from Ancient Greek κάλαμος (kálamos, reed). Doublet of calamus.

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qalam (plural qalams)

  1. reed pen used for Islamic calligraphy
    • 1980, Anthony Welch, Islamic calligraphy: Meaning and symbol, Processing of Visible Language, pages 157-176
      The slender form of the reed pen—the qalam has frequently been compared to the thin, vertical stroke of the alif (Figure 1), the first letter of the Arabic alphabet and therefore the beginning of transmitted knowledge.

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