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The excavation of the Islamic historical core of Dumat al-Jandal (ad-Dira’ district)

BRIEF FINAL REPORT season 2021 Introduction The project, as part of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Saudi Arabia (season 2021), took place from 10/17/2021 to 11/19/2021, proceeding with both the archaeological research and excavation work and the restoration work for the immediate consolidation of the structures excavated inside the Dūmat [...]

2022-01-07T14:11:46+00:00

The Barakat Trust’s Grants 2022 are now open!

The Barakat Trust’s grant applications programme for 2022 opened on 1 January 2022 and will close at midnight GMT on 31 March 2022. No applications received after that date will be considered. Applicants will be informed of The Barakat Trust’s decision at the end of May 2022 (a month later than [...]

2022-01-16T09:04:34+00:00

Podcast 14, Season 3: Andalusia’s Great Inventor: Ibn Firnas, with Glaire Anderson

Join Glaire Anderson for a fascinating conversation about one of great inventors of Andalusia: Abbas Ibn Firnas, who successfully invented a glider plane in the 9th century, and undertook the first known flight when in his 60s!  Find out about this fascinating man, his many inventions, and the relationship [...]

New Podcast: Ephemeral Palaces and Eternal Poetry of Iraq with Matt Saba

Join Matt Saba for a fascinating conversation about the magnificent palaces built by the Abbasid Caliphs of Iraq.  This dynasty realised that kingdoms invariably rose and fell, and that the longest lasting legacy of their reign would be literature.   Matt Saba is Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Architecture at [...]

Ask The Expert: Nikolaos Vryzidis

This month's expert, Nikolaos Vryzidis, is postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of History and Archaeology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He received his PhD from SOAS, University of London with a thesis on the Greek Orthodox Church's use of Ottoman textiles. His scholarly work primarily explores issues of [...]

New Podcast: Heritage is Ours with May al-Ibrashy

Join May al-Ibrashy for a conversation about her heritage conservation work in historic Cairo, revealing how the projects she works on put the community first. Find out more about the challenges and opportunities presented by complex urban environments like Cairo, the ways in which significant buildings, like the Shrine of [...]

Ask The Expert: Sami De Giosa

This month's expert is Dr Sami De Giosa. Sami is currently a visiting assistant professor at the College of Fine Arts and Design, University of Sharjah. He was previously a Research Fellow at SOAS University of London in the department of Cultures and Languages and also at the University of [...]

New Podcast: The Making of a Master Calligrapher with Bilal Badat

Join Bilal Badat, master calligrapher and scholar, for a conversation about the meaning of Islamic calligraphy. Badat explains calligraphy not just as a craft but as a means of transmitting and glorifying sacred knowledge. He shares fascinating insights on the making of calligraphers  – the way in which the  long [...]

Answers from the Expert: Paul Wordsworth

Paul Wordsworth is a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford specialising in the archaeology of the medieval Caucasus and Central Asia, with a particular interest on the northeastern fringes of the early Islamic world. He is currently directing two archaeological projects: one explores the landscape of a provincial Abbasid [...]

Ask the Expert: Melanie Gibson

Dr Melanie Gibson is the Senior Editor of the Gingko Library Art Series and convenor for the Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art at SOAS, University of London. Her research focuses on the ceramics and glass of the Islamic world and in the reception and use of Islamic pattern in 19th [...]

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