Saturday, June 2, 2018

In memory of Esref Kovacevic, 20th century Bosnian calligrapher

Caligraphy by Esref Kovacevic located at the Kocuk Kjatib Mujhudin Mosque (Nadmilini), Sarajevo / Photo © Islamic Arts Magazine
It has been twenty 20 years since Esref Kovacevic's death. He was a renowned Bosnian historian, scholar, translator and calligrapher. His scientific work is well known to researchers of the Ottoman Bosnia and Herzegovina, while the general public knows him by his long poem in honour of Muhammad (pbuh), his calligraphy and his transcription of Qur’an. Esref Kovacevic did not spend his time only within academic institutions' walls he was also very keen on teaching ordinary people, non-academics. He once stated that he taught more than 1500 people the Arabic alphabet and how to read the Noble Qur’an. Esref Kovacevic passed away on March 2, 1996. [More]