The Barakat Trust has funded a unique collection of research and projects over the last 30 years, which needs to be collated and archived. We are currently trying to fundraise to develop a digital collection and educational pack to make this research available to the public.

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Recent Projects

Documenting Historic Commercial Buildings in Bulaq – Cairo

As a first stage towards preserving a valuable neighbourhood of historic Cairo, a team of four art historians and two conservation architects will survey and assess the conservation state of historic commercial buildings in the area of Bulaq, Cairo, the city's historic river port. Bulaq is a largely overlooked quarter [...]

Archaeological landscape survey at Khirbat al-Mafjar

The Barakat Trust endowed Mahmoud Hawari with a grant to help him with his research project on Hisham's palace located in the West Bank. The overall aim of the Khirbat al-Mafjar is to enhance the understanding of the 8th century Umayyad Hisham's Palace within the context of its cultural and [...]

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Kids Camp: Islamic Miniatures & Noble Sports

Our Kids Camp: Islamic Miniatures & Noble Sports workshops introduced young children in London to the wonderful world of Islamic miniatures and the noble sports of the golden age of the Islamic. The educational materials and workshops were funded by Amal and the Royal Borough of Kensington's Grenfell Fund.   [...]

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Dr Gizem Tongo

Dr Gizem Tongo is a historian specialising in the visual and material culture of the late Ottoman Empire. Her research and publications to date have sought to present the cosmopolitan and multicultural aspects of the Ottoman cultural past and a new reading of its intellectual milieu; one in which Levantine, foreign, [...]

The Barakat Trust Grants Awards Programme is Now Open

The Barakat Trust Grants Awards Programme is now open! The Barakat Trust’s grant applications programme for 2021  opened on 1 January 2021 and will close at midnight GMT on 31 March 2021. We look forward to receiving well-developed proposals for projects and initiatives that will help preserve the artistic, architectural [...]

Alessandro Ghidoni

Alessandro Ghidoni is a doctoral student at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, with a background in archaeology, experimental archaeology, ethnography and material culture studies. My research revolves around shipbuilding and seafaring in the Indian Ocean, with particular focus on early and middle Islamic sewn-plank watercraft. Alessandro Ghidoni have [...]

Jody Butterworth

Jody Butterworth joined the Endangered Archives Programme team in 2012 as curator. The Programme facilitates the digitisation of archives around the world that are in danger of destruction, neglect or physical deterioration while making them available to as wide an audience as possible. EAP is supported by Arcadia and administered [...]

Iman R. Abdulfattah

Iman R. Abdulfattah is a PhD Candidate in Islamic Art and Archaeology at Universität Bonn, writing her dissertation on the urban complex commissioned by the Mamluk Sultan al-Manṣūr Qalāwūn (r. 678-689/1279-1290) in Cairo. She also teaches courses on Islamic art and architecture at NYU's School of Professional Studies. Prior to [...]

Agnieszka Dobrowolska

Agnieszka Dobrowolska graduated as an architect from Warsaw University of Technology in 1983. Since 1993, she has been living in Egypt and working as an architectural conservation practitioner and architect specialising in historic preservation, design in historical context, and museum and exhibition design. She is a director of ARCHiNOS Architecture and [...]

Scott Redford

Scott Redford is Nasser D. Khalili Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He studies the Islamic art, architecture, archaeology, and epigraphy of the eastern Mediterranean in the medieval period (11-14th centuries). In 2002 and 2003, grants from the Barakat [...]

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