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Professor's Arabic calligraphy inspires Turkish university's 250th anniversary sculpture

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February 06, 2017

Dr. Nihad Dukhan, professor of mechanical engineering, leaves a lasting mark on Istanbul Technical University (ITU) in Istanbul, Turkey with his artistic Arabic calligraphy.

Arabic Calligraphy PencilDukhan’s figure of the ‘pencil’ inspired a major portion of ITU’s 250th anniversary sculpture which greets campus visitors on ITU’s Ayazaga campus.

The sculptor describes his work of a globe in the form of circles representing the continents, 250 figures of people passing through the center, topped with Dukhan’s signature pencil representing academic writing and research.

It is not a coincidence that Dukhan’s work inspired the sculpture.

He spent a year at ITU as a Fulbright scholar conducting research and teaching at the prestigious Turkish university.  See UDM Engineering programs are world-class says Fulbright Scholar

“I left my mark,” says Dukhan.  “It is a big honor to have inspired a sculpture celebrating 250 years of this institution in this major city.  This is a dream come true.”

Dukhan’s interest in Arabic calligraphy began when he was in the sixth grade.

He studied with noted grand master calligrapher Hasan Celebi and received his master scribe degree after 11 years of study.  Dukhan also studied with master calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya for 6 years and received a second master scribe degree in 2013.

His work has been exhibited in major US cities and sold in the US, Europe, the Middle East and Japan.  His commissioned designs include company logos, book covers, CD jackets, wedding invitations and others.

Dukhan is active in promoting Arabic/Islamic calligraphy and increasing people’s awareness of its cultural significance through exhibits, lectures and workshops.

Congratulations Dr. Dukhan on your accomplishments!

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250th Anniversary sculpture at ITU
250th anniversary year sculpture at Istanbul Technical University inspired by Dr. Nihad Dukhan.
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