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Arabic Script in Motion

A Theory of Temporal Text-based Art


  • Addresses issues relevant to temporal Arabic typography and time-based calligraphic art

  • Proposes broad categories of temporal behaviors that can be adapted to various forms of time-based media, such as animation, temporal typography and new media installations

  • Accompanied by a website that contains videos of the examples presented in the book as well as a growing database of relevant works


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. M. Javad Khajavi
    Pages 1-27
  3. M. Javad Khajavi
    Pages 29-38
  4. M. Javad Khajavi
    Pages 39-79
  5. M. Javad Khajavi
    Pages 81-95
  6. M. Javad Khajavi
    Pages 97-132
  7. M. Javad Khajavi
    Pages 133-166
  8. M. Javad Khajavi
    Pages 167-174
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 175-184

About this book


This book is a pioneering study of temporal typography and time-based calligraphic art written in the Arabic system of writing. Inspired by the innate qualities of Arabic script as well as certain practices in Islamic calligraphy and contemporary calligraphic art, the book devises five broad categories of temporal behaviors for Arabic characters in time-based media. It goes onto expand the vocabulary used to describe Arabic script’s appearance in time-based media and proposes a theory to help artists, practitioners, and theoreticians push the boundaries of temporal text-based art. Furthermore, it tackles questions of legibility and readability, and seeks to understand how temporality of Arabic text influences the creation of meaning. This book will therefore appeal not only to animators, designers, and artists, but also to commentators and scholars who deal with temporal text-based art written in Arabic script. 


temporal typography animated typography kinetic typography temporal Arabic typography Islamic calligraphy calligraphic animation time-based art writing legibility new media

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Volda University CollegeVoldaNorway

About the authors

M Javad Khajavi is Associate Professor in the Institute of Film and Animation at Volda University College, Norway. The underlying focus of his research is to investigate issues of representation and perception in animation based media.

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