MOST UNIQUE CALLIGRAPHIC MANUAL OF THEM ALL – PRINCIPLES OF NASTALIQ BY ABDUR RASHEED DAILMI – THE CHIEF CALLIGRAPHER OF EMPEROR SHAH JAHAN.
The great calligrapher of Iran, Mir Imad was pushed out for his religious beliefs. With him came his nephew Abdur Rasheed, and they both headed towards the Mughal kingdom. Mir Imad did not make it perhaps, Abdur Rasheed Dailmi settled in Lahore and appealed to Emperor Shah Jahan for help and job. The calligrapher was given a havelli in Lahore and was asked to give tuition to both Dara Shikoh and Jahan Ara in calligraphy. The rest is history.Abdur Rasheed Dailmi had written a manual on his specialized Nastaliq, but it seems to have got lost with time. A famous calligrapher family of Delhi not only saved the manual but made copies of it in their own style. A manual written in 1087 AH was finally saved for posteriority. All calligraphers should benefit from it. Students and scholars should study it.