Project Reports

Working in an Indian Archive: Indo-Persian Documents

Grantee: Hallie Nell Swanson In summer 2019, with the support of The Barakat Trust’s Barakat Postgraduate Student & Early Career Award, I travelled to Hyderabad to take part in the “Working in an Indian Archive” Indo-Persian Summer School, a workshop focused on reading Indo-Persian manuscripts, run by the University [...]

Working in an Indian Archive: Indo-Persian Documents2022-05-03T09:20:48+01:00

New Podcast: Secret Geometry with Wael Sabry

Join Wael Sabry on his quest to save the ancient craft of Kundekari - complex wooden geometry. Sabry is  tracking down the few remaining master carpenters in Turkey and Egypt, trying to learn their carefully-guarded secrets, hidden even from father to son.  Discover how he is using technology to [...]

New Podcast: Secret Geometry with Wael Sabry2022-04-29T09:40:55+01:00

Fantasmic Objects: Art and Sociality from Lebanon, 1920-1950

Joining an emergent literature of “local art histories,” Fantasmic Objects offers the first English-language study of modern art in Lebanon. It is, moreover, the first study of Lebanon through art. An historical ethnography of “art acts” which played a significant role in co-founding the nation during French occupation (1920-1950), [...]

Fantasmic Objects: Art and Sociality from Lebanon, 1920-19502022-03-23T16:02:08+00:00

An Archaeological Study of the Impact of Islam on Domestic Architecture of Surame, Nigeria

The concern of this research is to reconstruct the inward orientation of space within the domestic architecture of Surame. The traditional domestic and by extension, the community environments are some of the important archaeological material manifestations of Islam in sub-Saharan Africa. Between January 7-February 3, 2022, this author conducted [...]

An Archaeological Study of the Impact of Islam on Domestic Architecture of Surame, Nigeria2022-03-02T14:57:43+00:00

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 [...]

The excavation of the Islamic historical core of Dumat al-Jandal (ad-Dira’ district)2022-01-07T14:11:46+00:00

Ask The Expert: May al-Ibrashy

This month, May Al-Ibrashy is our selected expert. Dr. May Al-Ibrashy is a conservation architect who undertakes projects to preserve the architectural and cultural heritage of Egypt, especially Cairo. She focuses on working with local communities and ensuring that they are an integral part of any heritage preservation project. She [...]

Ask The Expert: May al-Ibrashy2021-05-12T12:36:40+01:00

How Syrians are adapting to home away from home

As a result of the Syrian crisis, many people have left their homeland and started to live abroad. Some came to reside in the United Kingdom. The experience of this change has been overwhelming for many; while others have adapted to their newfound homes with relative ease. In these times, [...]

How Syrians are adapting to home away from home2020-10-14T11:53:26+01:00

Post-Conflict Urban Recovery of Historic Cities: A Capacity Building Workshop for Aleppo

Between January 13-18, 2020, the Urban Recovery Platform at the Beirut Urban Lab, the American University of Beirut, conducted a capacity building workshop funded by the Barakat Trust and the Ford Foundation. The workshop focused on post-conflict urban recovery and took the city of Aleppo in Syria as [...]

Post-Conflict Urban Recovery of Historic Cities: A Capacity Building Workshop for Aleppo2020-05-27T11:10:48+01:00

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 [...]

Documenting Historic Commercial Buildings in Bulaq – Cairo2019-10-02T12:21:14+01:00

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 [...]

Archaeological landscape survey at Khirbat al-Mafjar2020-11-16T11:58:46+00:00
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