A phenomenon known as “Psuedo-Kufic” swept across Europe in the Middle Ages and Renaissance period. European artists hoped to make Christian paintings look more refined and wealthy, so they would draw fake Arabic letters, imitating the Arabic calligraphy so popular in the Muslim world.

A phenomenon known as “Psuedo-Kufic” swept across Europe in the Middle Ages and Renaissance period. European artists hoped to make Christian paintings look more refined and wealthy, so they would draw fake Arabic letters, imitating the Arabic calligraphy so popular in the Muslim world.