Naskh was one of the earliest scripts to evolve. It gained popularity only after being redesigned by Ibn Muqlah in the 10th century AD. Naskh later was reformed by Ibn al-Bawaab and others into an elegant script worthy of the Qur'an -- and more Qur'ans have been written in Naskh than in all the other scripts together. Naskh appealed particularly to the ordinary person because the script was relatively easy to read and write. It is usually written with short horizontal stems and with almost equal vertical depth above and below the medial line. The curves are full and deep, the uprights straight and vertical, and the words generally well spaced.

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