Grantee profiles2019-07-24T17:02:49+01:00

Our Grantee Profiles

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 [...]

Utrero Agudo

Since 2017, I am Tenured Researcher at the Escuela de Estudios Árabes (Granada), institute that belongs to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC, Spain). After obtaining myPhD in Prehistory and Archaeology (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 2005), I was 2-year MEC-postdoctoral fellow at the Museum of London Archaeology Service (MoLAS, 2005-07) and later on Senior Archaeologist at the same institution (2007). In 2008, I was awarded with a 3-year postdoctoral researcher contract (JAE-Doc) by the Institute of History (CSIC, Madrid) [...]

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 [...]

Mariam Rosser-Owen

Country of origin UK University Oxford University Course Post Doctoral Research Grant issued 2006 Area of interest Arts & Archaeology of the Islamic World Profile Mariam Rosser-Owen is a curator in the V&A's Middle Eastern Section, and looks after the Museum's collections from the Arab World. She is a specialist in the medieval Mediterranean, in particular Islamic Spain, and has recently been researching the collecting of Arab art by the V&A in the 19th century.

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 Ahmad Mustafa

  Country of origin Egypt University Oxford University Course PHD Islamic History Grant issued 1990 Area of interest 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 [...]