Calligraphy Course | In-Person | Icazet Programme




Hüsn-i Hat Icazet Programme

Date:  Saturdays, 20th January – 23rd March 2024
Time: 2 – 4 pm (UK Time)
Duration: 10 weeks
Fee:  £200 (excludes materials)
Class Size: Min. 4 – Max.12 Students
Instructor: Gulnaz Fatima Mahboob
Location: 10 Maple Street W1T 5HA (Nearest tube stations: Warren Street and Goodge Street)

Entry Requirements

Completion of the Introduction to Calligraphy: Nesih /Naskh course is a prerequisite to joining Icazet Programme. 

Entry to Icazet Programme will be determined by a tutor assessment at the end of the Introductory course. Students who take a year or more off will be required to undergo an assessment by the tutor before re-joining. 

Students must attend the weekly lessons. 

You must be 18+ to attend the course.


Course Overview

The Icazet programme is a continuation of The Introduction to Calligraphy: Nesih / Naskh course at Yunus Emre Institute London. The course aims to enable students to advance technical skills to enhance their skills in Hüsn-i-hat. Emphasis is placed on the form of the letter, the proportion and pen angles. Tuition will be tailored to meet the individual skills and needs of each learner. Students who show significant progress will be encouraged to start a second script, Sülüs / Thuluth, which they can study in parallel to the Nesih /Naskh script. 

The Icazet programme allows students to begin working towards their Islamic Calligraphy / Hüsn-i-hat icazet / ijazah (diploma of permission). The icazet is a coveted qualification that validates the learning of Hüsn-i-hat. The icazet grants permission to sign work, teach and authorise icazet. The student who receives the icazet is known as a Hattat (Master Calligrapher). Hüsn-i-hat cannot be taught without the icazet. It is an important qualification for Hüsn-i-hat as it preserves the tradition; it is a living tradition that dates back 10 Centuries and connects you to the Ottoman genealogy tree. The genealogy link began in the 15th Century with Şeyh Hamdullah through to Hamid Aytaç Hoca, and currently is spread by one of Hamid Hoca’s leading Master Calligrapher Hasan Çelebi Hoca. Gulnaz Fatima Mahboob will be teaching the course and her icazet was given by Hasan Çelebi Hoca. 

Course Structure   

Each student will have an allocated time slot. Students are expected to write the meşk in a single line each week to be corrected by the tutor. The student must either repeat the exercise or proceed to the next exercise. The student must follow the teacher’s instruction and only proceed to the next exercise if approved. If the Icazet programme is not completed to a satisfactory standard, the course must be repeated before proceeding to the next level. 

Methods of Teaching

The course will be taught according to the traditional training and the educational model used in Istanbul, which has remained largely unchanged for hundreds of years. The Nesih script, which was primarily chosen to write the Qur’an, will be practiced and the meşk / masqhs (practice sheets) by the 18th Century Ottoman Master Şevki Effendi will be used as examples. 

Assessment & Certification

There will be an evaluation at the end of the course.

Students will receive a hand-out at the beginning of the course about the terms used in this art and feedback throughout the duration of the course to track improvement.

A digital certificate of attendance or completion certificate will be issued at the end of the course.

Required Equipment & Materials

Students are required to buy their materials for the Icazet programme. The materials required are reed/kamış pen, ink/mürekkep, cutting board/makta, raw silk/lika, 30ml glass jar/hokka and kuşe/silk-coated paper. 

Students seeking additional materials can either purchase them independently or from the Institute (if in stock)


In the traditional method of learning hüsn-i hat the exact length of time to be awarded an icazet cannot be determined. The training lasts a number of years. It is a personalised learning system and the progression of meşk is dependent on the student’s commitment to daily practice and skill. Students who complete courses will not automatically be issued an icazet. 

The icazet can only be authorised by Gulnaz Mahboob and not by the The Yunus Emre Institute. 

The course is taught in English, but some terminology used may be in Turkish. 

The course is not an Arabic language or grammar course. The focus is on learning the form of the letters. It is the study of a traditional Islamic art: Hüsn-i-hat. 

In the event a lesson is cancelled, the lesson will be added at the end of the course. We advise students to keep two weeks free from the course end date. 

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