Everitte Barbee is a U.S. citizen who grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. He’s also a calligraphy artist. About a year and a half ago, the 24-year-old commenced work on a unique project: The Quran for Solidarity is, as far as Barbee is aware, the first Quran to be completely handwritten by a non-Muslim. He also believes it may be the first edition of the book entirely written in figurative calligraphy.
“I don’t know of any other non-Muslims to write the entire Quran by
hand,” Barbee, who currently lives in Beirut, told The Daily Star. “I
[also] don’t know of another Quran written completely in pictures, in
actual figurative designs ... Normally it’s just linear text.”