Haji Noor Deen Mi Guang Jiang

Artwork Title & Inspiration


The 'Takbīr', is the Arabic phrase 'Allāhu akbar' (الله أكبر), usually translated as 'God is [the] greatest'.

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Physical Description

Hangable Chinese scroll with upper and lower wooden cylindrical bars. Calligraphed in Sini script using Chinese black ink on rice paper, surrounded with royal red silk based brocade.


57 x 155cm (Scroll)

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Haji Noor Deen Mi Guang Jiang

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Haji Noor Deen Mi Guang Jiang (b. 1963, Shandong province, China) is a renowned master of Arabic & Chinese calligraphy using bamboo and reeds for Arabic and traditional Chinese brushes for Chinese.

Haji Noor was the first Chinese national conferred with the honorable Certificate of Arabic Calligrapher in Egypt in 1997 and to be admitted as a member of the Association of Egyptian Calligraphy.

His calligraphic works consist of writing Arabic and Chinese using techniques of quick organic strokes uniquely fused together. The Arabic script commonly used by Haji Noor is Sini which is a Chinese Islamic calligraphic script.

Haji Noor's extraordinary mastery and genius, along with his unique ability to spectacularly deliver his craft to an audience has led to invitations from some of the most renowned and prestigious institutions around the world – often as the first Chinese/Arabic artist – including the British Museum, San Francisco Asian Museum, National Museum of Scotland and Harvard University Art Museum.

In 2005, his work titled “The Ninety Nine Names of God” was acquired and displayed by The British Museum and will be displayed permanently in the gallery of Islamic Art. This is the first time that a piece of Arabic calligraphy handwritten by a Chinese has been on a permanent exhibit by the British Museum in London.

Haji Noor was also the first Chinese student in 2008 to have studied under the mentorship of distinguished masters Hasan Çelebi and Davut Bektaş.

Video: Haji Noor Deen Mi Guang Jiang on the importance of the 'Takbīr'.

Artwork photography courtesy of Aiysha Malik & Lisa Islam and videography by Fatima Niazy and Syed Gilani Mustafa.