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Family Activity Series: Spain and Northwestern Africa



We have come a long way and made it to the regions of Spain and Northwestern Africa! You can find Islamic influences across the globe! The item we are given to examine is a page of the Qur’an featuring Maghrib script, a decorative calligraphy, named for the area of Northwestern Africa and Spain known as Maghrib.

The Qur’an is the holy book of Islam, and it is said that God, through the angel Gabriel, verbally delivered the book’s contents to Muhammad. For this activity, we will learn to write the words Assalamu alaykum or, “Peace be with you,” in Arabic script! It’s considered a devotional act to copy text from the Qur’an. An outline of the phrase is given below!

Trace the outline and then practice writing the phrase! How did you do? Now that you know how to write an Arabic phrase in Maghrib, it’s time to leave Northwestern Africa and head to Bukhara, Uzbekistan.


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