We’re thrilled to welcome Haji Noor Deen Mi Guang Jiang, internationally acclaimed master of Arabic calligraphy, to the Bradford Literature Festival. The major artist initiated and taught the first regular and systemic Arabic calligraphy course at the Zhengzhou Islamic College in China.

His calligraphy is writing new chapters in history: the piece ‘The Ninety Nine Names of God’ was acquired by The British Museum in 2005 for permanent display in the gallery of Islamic Art.

Haji Noor Deen brings vast knowledge of Islamic art and traditional thought to a modern audience, and with it, a kind of magic. Join him in conversation as he talks about his astonishing technique, his work, and its essential role as an expression of his faith and his relationship with God. Unmissable.

About The Artist

Haji Noor Deen Mi Guang Jiang

Haji Noor Deen was included in Georgetown University’s ‘Top 500 Most Influential Muslims of 2009 to 2015 in the world’ list. His work has been displayed, often as the first Chinese/Arabic artist, at The British Museum, San Francisco Asian Museum, National Museum of Scotland, Harvard University Art Museum and more. He has spoken at institutions including the universities of Harvard and Cambridge, and Qatar Islamic Cultural Centre (FANAR).

Contributor

Abdul-Rehman Malik

Abdul-Rehman Malik is a journalist, educator and organiser. He contributes to national and international publications and is a regular panelist on the BBC World Service’s Weekend World Today show; his ‘Pause for Thought’ radio column also airs regularly on BBC Radio 2. He works with young people in exploring Muslim identity through drama and is a speaker on faith issues.