Tezhip: Baba Nakkas
$ 230

Started on 20 April 2024 14 Weeks

Tezhip: Baba Nakkas


This 30-week course is exclusively dedicated to students of Fatma Hoca, focusing on the advanced techniques of Tezhip.

  • Course Title: Tezhip: Baba Nakkas
  • Course Schedule:
    Sep 2 – Dec 16, 2024
    Jan 6 – Feb 17, 2025
    April 7 – May 19, 2025
  • Time:  Mondays 7 PM UTC Click to convert to your local time zone.
  • Instructor: Fatma Ulusoy Sirajuddin
  • Course Format: Online
  • Age Requirements:  13+
  • Scholarship Application Due June 20, 2024 [click to access]
  • Prerequisites: Baba Nakkas Students Only. Must have completed previous projects with Fatma Hocam
  • Price: Early Bird: $750 – Regular: $799
  • Due to limited seating, we request that you cancel by July 10, 2024, to receive a full refund.


Level 1: Intermediate Level Certification

Completion of introductory coursework and Karamemi Apprenticeship Program with Fatma Sirajuddin Hoca. The final class is Primary Source Analysis, in which students will reproduce the fundamental Tezhip artwork of pioneering Masters. Students must complete all coursework with approval from Fatma Hoca.

Level 2: Advanced Level Certification

Completion of 1-2 years of masters-level coursework with Ayse Gulcen Ozbalak Hoca. Students must complete all coursework with approval from Ayse Hoca.

Level 3: Master Level Certification

Completion of Hilya Tezhip project. This will be designed and completed under the guidance of a Master Tezhip artist.

Classes will be conducted online using Zoom, and Whatsapp will be used for communication, sharing information, and homework.


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Fatma Ulusoy Sirajuddin

Fatma Ulusoy Sirajuddin was born in Istanbul (b.1988) and graduated from European Islamic University Faculty of Islamic Sciences in 2012 and Anadolu University Open Education Faculty of Theology in 2016.

Fatma continued her education with her husband Shahryanshah Sirajuddin in Riq’a and Diwani scripts until 2015, when she decided to focus on illumination with Ayşe Gülcan Özbalak.

During the summer of the pandemic, Fatma Hoca joined the Deen Arts team and began teaching students the art of Islamic manuscript illumination, or tezhip. Fatma Hoca is fluent in Turkish and Malay. However, due to her exposure and engagement with English-speaking students, she has begun to comprehend the English language as her students learn Turkish in class.

Shahanshah Sirajuddin and Fatma Ulusoy Hocas continue to produce magnificent works of illuminated and calligraphy together in Istanbul.

Manuscript Illumination / Tezhip

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