On Fri, 09 Jan 2004 01:31:27 -0000, utc19700417 <atanasiu@...>

> Another example where color was used for writing are the diacritical
> marks in red, green, yellow, blue, standing for vowels and sukun
> (absence of vowel) in the Arabic writing of the early centuries of
> Islam.

Most interesting.

> Vlad Atanasiu
> http://mywebpage.netscape.com/atanasiuvlad/frq/

I went to Mr. Atanasiu's site, URL just above; it's in French, and I know
just enough French to feel fairly confident that that site is a
masterpiece. (I didn't explore his English section.)

From his site:
"Vlad Atanasiu est doctorant à l'Ecole pratique des Hautes Etudes (Section
des Sciences Historiques et Philologiques). Ses recherches portent sur la
Calligraphie et la lingustique arabes."

Were I to know the c.v.'s and biographies of all the subscribers to Qalam,
I'd probably be awe-struck. There are more than a few Famous Names here.
(Could we interest Asmus Freytag in subscribing?)

Qalam is one very fine example of civilization at its best; it's a credit
to Seshat, as well; I'm very glad she started it.
My humble role is that of a dilettante chatterbox. (^_^)

Nicholas Bodley <#o#> Waltham, Mass.
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