Atia Jilani is a self-taught calligrapher, a painter and a writer living in the village of Mohammad Abad. She is the first Asian woman to inscribe the entire Qur’an in the elegant calligraphic style of Naskh, despite never attending an art school. She inscribed the verses of holy text on cardboard paper with the help of two handmade calligraphic pens. The entire project took seven years to complete. Her calligraphic Qur’an has been compiled in six volumes, each containing five Qur’anic sections (paras). Her exceptional talent has been widely recognised, and her Qur’anic art has been exhibited twice by the Al Hamra Art Council.

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