Islamic Calligraphy in India: Exploring Behārī / Bihārī script and Reflections on Qur’ānic manuscript(s) in Behārī / Bihārī
Islamic Calligraphy had been one of India’s most significant parts of Muslim culture and civilization. With the beginning and development of proper
Muslim society, various calligraphic scripts were being practiced in the Indian subcontinent during the Muslim rule. Behārī / Bihārī ( خط بہاری ) script is a significant contribution of the Afghan race and Indian Afghans to the field of
Calligraphy, though significantly less is known about it. Historically, it is seen that whenever a Muslim dynasty came into existence in a particular place, a new script has developed along with the local variant of any pre-existing script.
Likewise, a new calligraphic script called Khatt-i-Taʻlīq ( خط تعلیق ) emerged as soon as the Ilkhanids made Tabriz their capital. Similarly, Behārī / Bihārī ( خط بہاری ) script developed as soon as the Delhi Sultanate was established in India. It is generally held to be evolved and developed in the then Eastern India (Bihar, Jharkhand, Bengal, and Bangladesh). This script possesses a peculiar style in which the vertical strokes are fine and thin, whereas the horizontal strokes are thick. It lies between the cursive and angular script. However, the genesis is less known, but it is observed and documented that Behārī / Bihārī ( خط بہاری ) script has been reserved for the Qur’ānic texts (Arabic) only. Some Qur’ānic manuscripts copied in the Behārī / Bihārī ( خط بہاری ) script found belonging to the Sultanate period and Early Mughals have been preserved in India. The present paper is a discourse on understanding and exploring the different dimensions of Behārī / Bihārī ( خط بہاری ) script along with the structural analysis of the Qur’ānic manuscripts copied in it.
Keywords: Islamic Calligraphy, Indian sub-continent, Behārī / Bihārī script, Muslim Rule, Qur’ānic manuscripts
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