It is usually considered as the main Islamic arts. The development of Arabic calligraphic art, like writing itself, is intimately linked to the spread of Islam from the seventh century. Until then, Arab culture was transmitted mainly orally, and although the Arabs had its own alphabet, writing not using annotations rather than mnemonic character.
The development of calligraphy as an art is linked to the fact that Islam forbids the worship of figurative representations and calligraphy is offered in holy places a substitute for figural decoration. Instead of representing God or the prophet, or otherwise related to religion figurative Islamic art replaces them calligraphic representation of their names, or phrases from the Koran, particularly the basmala.