By Islam Aly
Iowa City, Iowa: Islam Aly, 2013. Edition of 20.
2 x 2 x 3.5"; 40 sections of 8 leaves. Laser cut. Materials: handmade flax paper, linen thread. Bound in laser-engraved wooden boards. Greek binding. Signed and numbered by the artist.
Islam Aly: "This book is an exploration of one Arabic letter "Da d"; this is a very unique letter in the Arabic language because of its extremely unusual sound. Early Arabic grammarians described Arabic as the 'language of the ?? d', since the sound was thought to be unique to Arabic.
"40 different shapes of letter ?? d are displayed in the book; each letter is laser-cut on a section of the book, for example, the very early Kufic scripts, the different styles of Arabic calligraphy, as well as multiple forms of fonts."