Mamoun Sakkal has an excellent short history of Arabic writing and calligraphy. (Via Eclogues.)
Addendum. Directly below the Arabic link at Eclogues is one to The New and complete manual of Maori conversation : containing phrases and dialogues on a variety of useful and interesting topics : together with a few general rules of grammar : and a comprehensive vocabulary (Wellington, N.Z.: Lyon and Blair, Printers, Lambton Quay, MDCCCLXXXV, Rights Reserved). Sample exchanges:
Here is some good wine
Tênei tetahi waina pai rawa
I am a teetotaller, and do not taste wine
He titotara ahau, e kore ahau e inu i te waina
Are you fond of shooting?
Ka nui tōu pai ki te pupuhi?
Nui rawa atu