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Our Grantee Profiles

Dr Alison L. Gascoigne

Alison Gascoigne is an archaeologist, based since 2007 at the University of Southampton, with research interests in the medieval Islamic world, particularly Egypt but also Afghanistan. She has directed, co-directed and collaborated with major fieldwork projects across Egypt, from the Mediterranean coast, via Cairo and the Kharga Oasis, to the first cataract region. She has recently published a monograph (The Island City of Tinnīs: A Postmortem, 2020) detailing the results of a long-term research project at the important late antique [...]

Dr Farouk Yahya

Dr Farouk Yahya is Research Associate in the Department of History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts, SOAS University of London. His research interests include Islamic arts of the book, as well as texts and images relating to magic and divination, particularly in Southeast Asia. He was previously Leverhulme Research Assistant–Islamic Art and Culture at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, where he assisted with the exhibition “Power and Protection: Islamic Art and the Supernatural” (2016–2017) and curated the [...]

Asa Eger

Asa Eger is Associate Professor of the Islamic World at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the History Department. He completed his Ph.D in 2008 at the University of Chicago in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Dr. Eger researches and teaches the Early and Medieval Mediterranean and Islamic Near East focusing on the intersection of archaeology and history and how these two lines of evidence relate and create dialogue that strengthens both fields. Specifically, he [...]

Dr Micaela Sinibaldi

Dr Micaela Sinibaldi is an archaeologist specialising in the  archaeology and material culture of the Islamic  and Crusader periods in the Middle East.  After obtaining a PhD from Cardiff University with a thesis on the Crusader period in the Lordship of Transjordan, she has held post-doctoral positions at Humboldt-Universität and Freie Universität, Berlin and at the Council for British Research in the Levant and she has served as acting Deputy Director at the Kenyon Institute in Jerusalem (Council for British Research [...]

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, women, non-Muslim as well as Muslim artists, intellectuals, and their work have the place they deserve. Dr Gizem Tongo holds a doctorate in Oriental Studies from University of Oxford, St John’s [...]

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 been involved in maritime-focused ethnographic, archaeology and experimental archaeology projects in Oman, Emirates, Qatar, Zanzibar and India ranging from the early Bronze age to modern era. Alessandro Ghidoni was Technical [...]

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 by the British Library. As part of her role, Jody co-authored Remote Capture: Digitising Cultural Heritage in Challenging Locations. She applied to the Barakat Trust to have the book translated [...]

Corinne Mühlemann

Corinne Mühlemann studied art history and Islamic studies in Zurich and Bern, with a special qualification in the History of Textile Arts. She received a PhD from the University of Bern for her research on the use of medieval Islamic textiles in the Eastern Mediterranean and Central Asia (project fully supported by the Swiss National Research Foundation). She has been a member of the research group Global Horizons in pre-modern Art at the Institute of Art History, University of Bern. [...]

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 this, she worked in the Islamic Art Department at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and was a Project Manager at the Ministry of Antiquities in Egypt where she worked on [...]

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 a chair of its not-for-profit branch, the Sultan Foundation. Since 1996, she directed more than forty different architectural conservation, museum and exhibition design, and presentation projects in Egypt and the [...]

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 Trust helped support two seasons of excavation in medieval levels at the site of Kinet, Turkey, as part of  Bilkent University (Ankara) excavations there. The photograph shows the grantee studying [...]

Muzaffer Özgüleş

Muzaffer Özgüleş was born in Izmir, Turkey in 1979. He received his BSc and MSc degrees from Middle East Technical University in Ankara. His MSc project title was “Fundamental Developments of the Sixteenth Century Ottoman Architecture: Innovations in the Art of Architect Sinan”. He received his PhD in History of Architecture from Istanbul Technical University in 2013 with his dissertation entitled “The Building Activities of Gülnuş Emetullah Sultan”. He taught architectural history at Plato Higher Education College in Istanbul between [...]

Dr Hamid Keshmirshekan

Hamid Keshmirshekan is an art historian, art critic and Senior Teaching Fellow at the Department of History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts, SOAS, University of London and Research Associate/Barakat Senior Scholar at the Khalili Research Centre, Oxford University. His interests are twentieth and twentieth-first century art from the MENA, revisiting existing historiographical questions pertaining to modern and contemporary art from the region, and in particular the association of this art with “global” art history. Of particular relevance are [...]

Margaret S. Graves

Margaret S. Graves is Associate Professor of Islamic art in the department of Art History at Indiana University. She received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2010 for her research on the plastic arts of the medieval Islamic world, and her research has been supported by the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the British Academy and the AHRC, amongst others. Her 2018 monograph Arts of Allusion: Object, Ornament and Architecture in Medieval Islam (Oxford University Press), supported by [...]

Sinem Erdoğan İşkorkutan

Sinem Erdoğan İşkorkutan earned her Ph.D. from Boğaziçi University Department of History in September 2017. Her research focuses on the early modern Ottoman visual culture and Ottoman cultural history. Her PhD thesis presented the first comprehensive monograph on an Ottoman imperial festival and it was awarded with the Boğaziçi University Scientific Research Fund Doctoral Dissertation Award. She received grants and scholarships from several institutions including TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey), ARIT (American-Turkish Research Institute in Turkey), [...]

Kristine Rose-Beers

Kristine Rose-Beers ACR is Head of Conservation at the Chester Beatty in Dublin, Ireland, and an accredited member of the Institute of Conservation (ICON). She graduated from the Conservation programme at Camberwell College of Arts in 2002. Kristine’s research interests include the conservation of Islamic manuscript material, early binding structures, and the use of pigments and dyes in medieval manuscripts. Recent publications include: 'Indo-Persian Histories from the Object Out: The St Andrews Qur'an Manuscript between Timurid, Safavid, Mughal, and Deccani [...]

Paul Reynolds

Paul Reynolds (from 2006, ICREA/Universitat de Barcelona) is a leading specialist in Roman to late Antique and early Islamic ceramics, trade networks and economic history of the Mediterranean, based primarily on the archaeological evidence for the production and distribution of table wares, amphorae and kitchen wares. Following a B.A. degree at the Institute of Archaeology (UCL) in 1980, his PhD (also UCL) focused on the Late Roman, Byzantine, Visigothic and early Islamic phases of pottery and settlement in south-eastern Spain [...]

Nilay Özlü

Nilay Özlü is an architectural historian with a focus on the urban culture of Istanbul, late-Ottoman history, museum studies, and court culture. She submitted her doctoral dissertation From Imperial Palace to Museum: The Topkapi Palace during the Long Nineteenth Century at Boğaziçi University, Department of History. She worked as the project coordinator and historical consultant for the Topkapı Palace Museum restoration projects between 2014-2016. Her co-edited volume The City in the Muslim World was published by Routledge in 2015 (second [...]

Amanda Phillips

Amanda Phillips (DPhil, Oxon, 2011) is an assistant professor of Islamic Art and Material Culture at the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia, in the United States. She has been a fellow of the Kunsthistorisches Institute at the Berlin Museum of Islamic Art, a Marie Curie Fellow of the Gerda Henkel Stiftung at the University of Birmingham, and a British Academy Visiting Fellow at the University of St Andrews. Her first book, Everyday Luxuries (Dortmund, 2016) discussed [...]

Dr Silke Ackermann

Dr Silke Ackermann studied History, Languages & Cultures of the Orient, and History of Science at Frankfurt University. She worked for 16 years in curatorial and managerial roles at the British Museum in London before taking up a professorship at a private university in Germany. In 2014, she returned to the UK to join the History of Science Museum at the University of Oxford. Dr Ackermann’s main research interests include the transfer of knowledge between the Islamic World and Europe, [...]

Noorah Al-Gailani

Noorah Al-Gailani has been Curator of Islamic Civilisations at Glasgow Museums since 2003. She is based at the Burrell Collection but works across the city’s many museums to interpret Islamic art and culture, both ancient and modern, through research, exhibitions and a variety of educational activities and public events. Noorah graduated with a BA in Interior Design from the College of Fine Arts, Baghdad University and gained three years experience in design and folk art preservation before coming to live [...]

Utrero Agudo

Since 2017, Dr Utrero Agudo has been a Tenured Researcher at the Escuela de Estudios Árabes (Granada), of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Spain. His research is devoted to the archaeology and architecture of late antique and early medieval periods in the Iberian Peninsula and Western Europe (5thto 11thcenturies). He has directed and participated in several regional, national and international projects and in different research contracts, all of them with objects of study located in Italy, United Kingdom, [...]

Hossam Mahdy

Hossam Mahdy is an Egyptian and British freelance consultant and researcher on the conservation of built heritage. He acquired his PhD from the University of Glasgow, UK; MSc from University of Leuven, Belgium; and BSc from Ain Shams University, Egypt. His work focuses on Islamic views on the conservation of built heritage, Arabic terminology of conservation, and the translation of conservation literature from English into Arabic. He is an advisor to ICOMOS Secretariat on World Heritage nominations and a consultant [...]

Omniya Abdel Barr

Omniya Abdel Barr is an architect with experience in urban conservation, monument restoration and cultural heritage documentation and digitisation. Her work is focused on Mamluk art and architecture in Egypt. She holds a PhD in history from Aix-Marseille University (2015), an MSc in Conservation from Raymond Lemaire Center in KUL (2004) and a BSc in Architecture from the Fine Arts of Helwan University (2000). She is currently the Barakat Trust Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, working [...]

Nikolaos Vryzidis

Nikolaos Vryzidis received his PhD from SOAS, University of London with a thesis on Greek ecclesiastical textiles of the Ottoman period. His doctoral research focused on the fertilization of the Byzantine canon with loans from Ottoman secular aesthetic mainly, following its evolution during the 16th and 17th centuries. In 2016 he convened an international workshop at the British School at Athens, the proceedings of which will be published by Brepols. In 2017 he continued his research in Istanbul, based at [...]

Muneer Elbaz

Mr. Muneer Elbaz has more than 13 years of experiences in the cultural heritage field. He holds a master's degree in the subject of Architectural Conservation from Cairo University in 2007. From 2005-2009, he worked in Cairo and Lahore in different Urban Conservation projects for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC). Since 2010 till now, Mr. Elbaz has worked at University College of Applied Sciences (UCAS) - Gaza as a lecturer and coordinator of the Development Planning Program. Beside [...]

Cailah Jackson

Cailah Jackson‘s research focuses on the medieval arts of the book of the central and eastern Islamic lands. Cailah gained her DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2017 and is the recipient of several awards including the 2018 Leigh Douglas Memorial Dissertation Prize, given by the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Islamic Manuscripts of Late Medieval Rūm, 1270s–1370s: Production, Patronage and the Arts of the Book (Edinburgh University Press) and [...]

Doa Sarmad Khan

Doa Sarmad Khan received the Barakat International Studentship in 2019 to study the MA in Conservation Studies at the University of York. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan. She is interested in studying the interaction of cultures on the Indus Plains, and in preserving the exchange between Islam, Persia, Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent. She is further interested in developing strategies for the democratization of cultural heritage conservation policy and [...]

Atri Hatef Naiemi

Atri Hatef Naiemi is a Barakat Trust postdoctoral fellow. She has completed a PhD (2019) and a MA (2014) in Art History at the University of Victoria, and a MA in Architectural Conservation at the University of Tehran (2010). Atri is also the holder of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT postdoctoral fellowship (Fall 2019). Focusing on Ilkhanid urban architecture in her doctoral project, she examined how the architectural and urban features of the cities were determined [...]

Alison McQuitty

Alison McQuitty is an archaeologist with a particular interest in vernacular architecture, rural settlement and landscape in Jordan during the 6th – 20th centuries A.D. She has a B.A. in European Archaeology from the University of Durham and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from SOAS, University of London. Alison lived and worked in Jordan and Syria for some 25 years, ultimately becoming Director of the Council for British Research in the Levant. She co-directed the excavations at Khirbat Faris, [...]

Kristýna Rendlová

Kristýna is a DPhil candidate in Oriental Studies at the Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East, of the University of Oxford. With the support of the Barakat Grant, she attended the Ottoman Summer School at the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilization during summer 2019. Her doctoral research project addresses the pictorial representation of architecture in 15th- and 16th-century Ottoman illustrated manuscripts. In 2017, she presented some preliminary conclusions of her research [...]

Yeliz Teber

Yeliz Teber is a D.Phil. student in Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford since 2016. Her research interests include the Bektashi order of dervishes, Sufi shrines, Kızılbash/Alevi communities, dervish paraphernalia, hagiographies, and ritual manuals (Erkanname, Fütüvvetname, and ‘Buyruk’) in the late-medieval and early-modern Ottoman Empire. With the generous support of the Barakat Trust, she completed her master’s degree with a distinction in Islamic art and architecture at the University of Oxford in 2016. Her master’s dissertation examined the legends [...]

Dr. Maximilian Hartmuth

Maximilian Hartmuth is af ull-time lecturer and researcher of Islamic Art History at the University of Vienna’s Department of Art History. His work specializes on the Balkan region. Hartmuth is the co-founder of the Internet platform cultureshutdown. net, the mission of which is to make available information concerning the 2011–12 crisis of cultural institutions in Bosnia.

Ayşin Yoltar-Yıldırım

Ayşin Yoltar-Yıldırım is currently at the Brooklyn Museum from the Harvard Art Museums, where she was the Assistant Curator of Islamic and Later Indian Art since 2013. At Harvard she worked toward the reinstallation of the new Islamic and Later Indian Art galleries, which opened in 2014, and curated the recent exhibition A New Light on Bernard Berenson: Persian Paintings from Villa I Tatti. She is also the editor of an upcoming book on the same subject, which will be [...]

Emily Shovelton

Emily Shovelton is a specialist in art from the Islamic world. She completed her PhD at SOAS on fifteenth-century Persian manuscripts from the Indian Sultanates. Since working on various projects at the British Museum she has tutored and lectured for courses at SOAS, Sotheby’s Institute of Art and the V&A Museum. She is currently a Research Associate at the Khalili Research Centre in Oxford and is organising a workshop on art and architecture of the South Asia Sultanates.

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Jaimee Comstock-Skipp

Jaimee Comstock-Skipp holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley in Near Eastern studies with a speciality in Arabic and Islamic civilizations (2009). She also holds an MA from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art (2012) and a second MA from The Courtauld Institute of Art in London (2015), where she studied book arts of the Mongol through Safavid periods. She received linguistic training in Farsi and Tajiki in Tajikistan where she also conducted research [...]

Fatma Dahmani

Fatma Dahmani is a Barakat Trust postdoctoral fellow. Her original project focused solely on the Abbasid painting of the Caliphal palace of Samarra in Iraq and the extent to which it is an original piece. After having conducted further research into the broader city more things caught her eye. This included the paintings discovered in other parts of the city such as in mosques, bath houses and homes. Fatma is working on a monograph on all of the paintings of [...]

Nader Sayadi

Nader Sayadi is a PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a specialist in Islamic art, architectural, and urban history with a concentration on early modern global economic history. Having an academic and professional background in historic preservation and architectural design, Nader has worked, conducted research, and taught since 2010. His research interests include textile history and its technical and technological aspects, the built environment of manufacturing, commerce, trade, and mobility, the material [...]

Dr Olga Bush

Dr Olga Bush is a scholar of Islamic art and architecture, whose research interests engage interdisciplinary methods and theoretical issues in a wide variety of topics ranging from the relationship of poetry to architecture in medieval Muslim aesthetics to nineteenth-century European and American Orientalism, to patronage of the arts in twentieth-century collecting practices. Currently, a Visiting Associate Professor of Islamic art and architecture at Bard College, she has taught at SUNY-New Paltz and Vassar College, held fellowships at the Metropolitan Museum [...]

Paul Hepworth

Country of origin Turkey University Religious Foundation, Ankara Course Conservation Grant issued 2009 Area of interest Conserve 17 Ottoman endowment deeds from the 16th-19th centuries : a collaborative art historical and conservation approach Profile Conserve 17 Ottoman endowment deeds from the 16th-19th centuries : a collaborative art historical and conservation approach

Yasmin Kathrada

Country of origin India University Prince of Wales Institute of Architecture, VITA Course Visual Islamic & Traditional Arts Depts Grant issued 2011 Area of interest Kufic calligraphy and hand etched glass Profile Yasmin Kathrada was born in Gloucester, UK. An artist of Islamic origins, YK uses traditional Islamic materials, methods and techniques dating back thousands of years. Her work is inspired by the spiritualism of the Islamic faith as expressed through geometric precision and symmetry. YK specialises in glass, ceramics [...]

Mehreen Chida-Razvi

Country of origin Pakistan University SOAS Course 2014 Grant issued Travel Grant Area of interest Jahanghir's funerary Complex in Lahore and comparative research Profile An Art Historian specialising in the arts, architecture and material culture of the Islamic World and Mughal South Asia. Taught courses on the art and material culture of the Muslim world for the Continuing Education Department at the University of Oxford, Morley College, and the Courtauld Institute of Art and lectures on various topics of Islamic, [...]

Ali Omar Ermes

Country of origin Libya University Central School of Art Course 1991 Grant issued Exhibition Area of interest Art Exhibition at Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University Profile Ali Omar Ermes is an artist, writer and community activist. Having spent a period in Libya during which he wrote constantly and published in Arabic he continues to write on various issues in both Arabic and English, but today his primary focus is on conference papers. In his art, articles, ideas and speeches, he addresses [...]

Robert Hillenbrand

Country of origin UK University Edinburgh Course 1989 Grant issued Publication Area of interest Islamic Architecture, Form, Function, and Meaning Profile Professor Robert Hillenbrand was educated at the universities of Cambridge and Oxford (D.Phil. 1974); he has been teaching at the Department of Fine Art, University of Edinburgh , since 1971 and was awarded a chair of Islamic art in 1989. Professor Hillenbrand retired in December 2007 but is currently an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the department of Islamic and [...]

Dr Ahmed Mustafa

  Country of origin Egypt University Oxford University Course PHD Islamic History Grant Issued 1990 Project Exhibition at The Royal College of Art Profile Born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1943, Dr. Ahmed Moustafa is an artist and scholar of international repute and a leading authority on Arabic art and design. Initially trained as a figurative artist in the neoclassical European tradition, and drawing his inspiration primarily from Renaissance masters, he subsequently rediscovered his Islamic roots, and his work is now [...]

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