UNESCO Adds Arabic Calligraphy

Amman — The addition of “Arabic calligraphy” to the list of the representative intangible cultural heritage of humanity as a symbolism of the Arab and Islamic culture in an announcement by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was made yesterday.

Jordan’s Ministry of Culture welcomed the announcement and commented that Arabic calligraphy represents the tale of a civilization, heritage, and culture; it closely links to the Arabic language.” The Minister, Haifa Najjar, said: “We are delighted of the successful efforts made to nominate the Arabic calligraphy to be added on the UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This would effectively cement the concept of preserving the elements of this heritage as one of the key pillars to preserve national identity.”