Musa Zakizada

The Role of Calligraphy Art in Intercultural Relations of Silk Road Countries


When we examine the art of calligraphy on the Silk Road, we first witness its integration with handicrafts and technology. Calligraphy supports the trade and development of earthenware and the paper industry invented in China. Then, in the field of culture, the issue of promoting religion emerges. Calligraphy has been one of the most important tools for promoting the Religion of Islam and its dominance in Central and Southeast Asia through decorative arts, architecture and writing Qur’an. Moreover, calligraphy fertilizes different arts to grow up and make their own way to the appropriate cultural field of the societies on the Silk Road. Finally, calligraphy also plays an active role in the transnational culture introduced to the world by the network relations of nations and communication technology.

Keywords: Calligraphy, Handicrafts, Paper Industry, Promoting Religion and Culture, Fertilising Art, Transnational Culture


Name                            Musa Zakizada

Date of Birth                  1973

Nationality                      Afghan (Australia)


Academic Record & Courses

  • Studied at Victoria University and completed the Bachelor of Screen Media
  • Attended professional calligraphy in Tehran in Master Ali Ali’s course for Nasta’liq and Abas Rafiee Farahani’s course for Shekasta Nasta’liq (1988-1993)
  • Self-trained painting and gilding artist


  • His first poetry book “Crossing the Leaves” published in 2018 in Mazar-e Sharif, Balkh
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