Projects

The Barakat Trust has funded a unique collection of research and projects over 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.

  • Miniatures and Noble Sports

Kids Camp: Islamic Miniatures & Noble Sports

June 19th, 2019|Categories: Barakat Culture Vulture|

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.   [...]

Shuqayra Conservation Project

January 1st, 2017|Categories: Conservation, Heritage|

Shuqayra Conservation Project: Phase I, West-Central Jordan, 2017. Grantee: ZAKARIYAN.BENBADHANN NA’IMAT, Islamic Archaeology Research Unit at the University of Bonn, Germany About the project: The project undertook three main tasks:  1) a detailed artistic and architectural documentation of the mosaic pavement, 2) a complete diagnosis of the current state of preservation [...]

  • Power

Power and Protection: Islamic Art and the Supernatural

January 1st, 2017|Categories: Heritage, Publications|

This catalogue, Power and Protection: Islamic Art and the Supernatural deals with the entirety of the Muslim world with a total emphasis on pre-Modern Islamic cultures through the lens of visual and material culture. It  contextualises the art work in three essays reflecting the thematic divisions adopted in the exhibition. [...]

Creswell’s Cairo photographs: a project to enhance the Creswell photographic archive at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

January 12th, 2016|Categories: Heritage, Project Reports|

Grantee:  Omniya Abdel Barr Date: 2016 The Barakat Trust funded the “Creswell’s Cairo Photographs” project with a senior visiting scholarship in 2016-2017. The project focused on enhancing the Creswell photographic archive of Cairo at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). The work is allowing this important photographic collection to be [...]

Religious and Biogeographic Identity in Qarakhanid Communities

January 1st, 2016|Categories: Conservation, Scholarship|

Religious and Biogeographic Identity in Qarakhanid Communities Samarkand, Uzbekistan, 2016. Grantee: Elissa Bullion About the project: Elissa Bullion received funds from the Trust to conduct human data collection in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on medieval human osteological materials. The overarching aim of the project was to collect demographic and morphological skeletal data [...]

  • Reframing the Alhambra

Reframing the Alhambra: Architecture, Poetry, Textiles and Court Ceremonial

January 1st, 2016|Categories: Publications|

The Nasrid builders of the Alhambra - the best-preserved medieval Muslim palatial city - were so exacting that some of their work could not be fully explained until the invention of fractal geometry. Their design principles have been obscured, however, by the loss of all archival material. This book resolves [...]

  • Magic and Divination in Malay

Magic and Divination in Malay Illustrated Manuscripts

January 1st, 2016|Categories: Publications|

This book offers an integrated study of the texts and images of illustrated Malay manuscripts on magic and divination from private and public collections in Malaysia, the UK and Indonesia. Containing some of the rare examples of Malay painting, these manuscripts provide direct evidence for the intercultural connections between the [...]

Abbasid painting of the Caliphal Palace of Samarra, Iraq

January 1st, 2015|Categories: Publications|Tags: , , , , |

Fatma Dahmani is a Barakat Trust postdoctoral fellow. Her original project was focused solely on the Abbasid painting of the Caliphal Palace of Samarra 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 [...]

San Giovanni dei Lebbrosi

January 1st, 2015|Categories: Conservation, Heritage|

  During 2014 to 2015 a team led by Mr. Agudo and Mr Mandala performed an excavation of San Giovanni dei Lebbrosi, one of the earliest Norman churches in Sicily. They were funded by the Barakat Trust (2015) and the Spanish Ministry of Culture (2014-2015) The church is in Palermo [...]

  • Crusader Landscapes in the Medieval Levant

Crusader Landscapes in the Medieval Levant: The Archaeology and History of the Latin East

January 1st, 2015|Categories: Publications|

Crusader Landscapes in the Medieval Levant is a collection of scholarly essays addressing a number of aspects of the archaeology and history of settlement in the crusader states established in the Middle East during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, collectively known as the Latin East, and on their influence on the [...]

  • The Women Who Built the Ottoman World

The Women Who Built the Ottoman World Female : Patronage and the Architectural Legacy of Gulnus Sultan

January 1st, 2014|Categories: Publications|

At the beginning of the eighteenth century, the Ottoman Empire remained the grandest and most powerful of Middle Eastern empires. One hitherto overlooked aspect of the Empire's remarkable cultural legacy was the role of powerful women - often the head of the harem, or wives or mothers of sultans. These [...]

  • Sacred Precincts

Sacred Precincts : The Religious Architecture of Non-Muslim Communities Across the Islamic World

January 1st, 2014|Categories: Publications|

This book examines non-Muslim religious sites, structures and spaces in the Islamic world. It reveals a vibrant portrait of life in the religious sites by illustrating how architecture responds to contextual issues and traditions. Sacred Precinctsexplores urban context; issues of identity; design; construction; transformation and the history of sacred sites and [...]

International Training Programme 2014

January 1st, 2014|Categories: Barakat Culture Vulture, Digital, Heritage|

International Training Programme 2014: Interim report   In 2014 the British Museum, in collaboration with seven UK partner museums, hosted 21 museum and heritage professionals from 12 countries on the ninth International Training Programme (ITP). The programme was tailored around group sessions which covered a whole range of museum activities [...]

CRESWELL’s CAIRO PHOTOGRAPHS AT THE V&A

January 1st, 2014|Categories: Digital, Heritage|

A publication composed in March 2017 to accompany the Creswell Photographic Archive at the Victoria and Albert Museum in Kensington, London. Grantee: Omniya Abdel Barr, researcher at the V&A Museum About the publication: It provides a catalogue, digitisation and extensive data cross referencing. The publication seeks to allow this important [...]

“Mamluk Patronage: An Expansion of a Traditional Concept.”

January 1st, 2014|Categories: Conservation, Heritage, Publications, Scholarship|

Iman R. Abdulfattah, Doctoral candidate in Islamic Art and Archaeology at the University of Bonn The grantee is well acquainted with the School of Mamluk Studies (SMS). It was created in 2014 to foster and promote a greater awareness of the Mamluk sultanate. As well as to provide junior and [...]

  • Contemporary Art from the Middle East

Contemporary Art from the Middle East

January 1st, 2013|Categories: Publications|

This timely book tackles ongoing questions about how 'local' perspectives on contemporary art from the Middle East are defined and how these perspectives intersect with global art discourses. Leading figures from the Middle Eastern art world, western art historians, art theorists and museum curators discuss the historical and cultural circumstances [...]

  • Digital preservation of illustrated Persian manuscripts

Digital Access to Persian Manuscripts

January 1st, 2013|Categories: Publications|

Digital preservation of illustrated Persian manuscripts, forming part of a larger Digital Persian Manuscripts project which aims to put details of 11.000 manuscrpts online together with digitised images of 50. Author : Ursula Sims Williams This digitised manuscripts are available here : https://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/asian-and-african/persian.html

The Tod Mosque Conservation Project, Egypt

January 1st, 2012|Categories: Conservation, Heritage|

Doctors Mohammed Kenawi and Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis are extensively involved in The Tod Mosque Conservation Project. The Amari Mosque is in Tod, Upper Egypt. Near the Pharaonic temple. It is a prime example of a mosque in a rural centre with re-used classical columns and capitals from churches and other late [...]

UNESCO Wood Conservation Course

January 1st, 2011|Categories: Conservation|

The Barakat Trust endowed Abdel Hamid Sayed with a conservation grant. The purpose of this grant was to cover travelling costs for the grantee to travel to Norway to attend the prestigious 14thInternational Course on Wood Conservation Technology (ICWCT,2011) in Oslo. The conference was organised under the auspices of UNESCO. [...]

Corrosion phenomena on Islamic glass

January 1st, 2010|Categories: Conservation, Digital, Heritage|

The Barakat Trust funded Hams Mohamed's conservation project. He sought to study the corrosion phenomena on the Islamic glass collections at the Petrie Museum based at University College London, and also study the roles of pollutants, relative humidity and temperature effects on the glass collections in Egyptian museums. The project [...]

The Art and Material Culture of Iranian Shi’ism

January 1st, 2010|Categories: Publications|

The official religion of Iran has been Shi'i Islam from the Safavids in the sixteenth century to the present day. Little is known about the material culture produced, especially in Iran, by the narratives and traditions surrounding Shi'ism. The Shi'i world experience has provided a rich artistic tradition encompassing painting, [...]

36th Association of Art Historian Conference

January 1st, 2010|Categories: Conservation, Heritage, Manuscripts, Publications, Scholarship|

The Barakat Trust endowed Hamid Keshmirshekan with a grant which enabled him to be able to participate at the 36th Association of Art Historian Conference held at the University of Glasgow between the 15th and the 17th of April 2010. The conference had a session devoted to “New Perspectives on [...]

International Training Programme at the British Museum 2010

January 1st, 2010|Categories: Conservation, Digital, Heritage, Library|

In 2010 the Barakat Trust endowed Hemmat Moustafa Salem with a grant which enabled here to come to London to attend a five week training course at the British Museum entitled the International Training Programme. This was not something new to Hemmat who has extensive experience in the arts being [...]

Glass conservation in Egypt

January 1st, 2010|Categories: Conservation|

In 2010 the Barakat Trust endowed a grant to Abdelrazek Mabrouk Elnaggar to support his travels to an important conservation conference in Istanbul, Turkey (IIC Congress,2010) where he presented his work on conserving Egyptian glass using laser cleaning.   Abdelrazek is a pioneer in using this revolutionary new method in [...]

  • The Yezidis

The Yezidis: The History of a Community, Culture and Religion

January 1st, 2009|Categories: Publications|

Yezidism is a fascinating part of the rich cultural mosaic of the Middle East. The Yezidi faith emerged for the first time in the twelfth century in the Kurdish mountains of northern Iraq. The religion, which has become notorious for its associations with 'devil worship', is in fact an intricate [...]

Vernacular Architecture of the Western Sahara in Egypt: Al- Dakhlah Oasis

January 1st, 2009|Categories: Conservation, Heritage|

The Barakat Trust gave a grant to Dalia Nabil Aly Abdul-Ghany who wanted to study elements that shaped the physical forms of the medieval towns of al-Qasr and Balat on the urban and interior architectural level, learn more about their qualities of living that they provided to the local community [...]

  • Rashid al din

Rashid Al-Din : Agent and Mediator of Cultural Exchanges in Ilkhanid Iran

January 1st, 2008|Categories: Publications|

Rashid al-Din (1274-1318), physician and powerful minister at the court of the Ilkhans, was a key figure in the cosmopolitan milieu in Iran under Mongol rule. He set up an area in the vicinity of the court where philosophers, doctors, astronomers, and historians from different parts of Eurasia lived together, [...]

  • living heritage

Living with Heritage in Cairo: Area Conservation in the Arab-Islamic City

January 1st, 2006|Categories: Publications|

The Arab-Islamic city has been always a glamorous urban dream in human cultural memory. This is manifested in Cairo, the world's largest medieval urban system where traditional lifestyles are still implemented. Nevertheless, despite the extensive efforts to preserve Historic Cairo, it is sadly vulnerable. Ahmed Sedky investigates the reasons behind [...]

  • Sultans and Mosques

Sultans and Mosques : The Early Muslim Architecture of Bangladesh

January 1st, 2006|Categories: Publications|

Before the Mughal style came to dominate the Islamic architecture of the Indian sub-continent, Bengal and its rulers had developed their own forms. The mosque architecture of the Independent Sultanate period (from the 14th to the 16th centuries) represents the most important element of the Islamic architecture of Bengal. This [...]

  • Compilation of Glossary of terms for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage

Glossary of Arabic terms for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage

January 1st, 2005|Categories: Publications|

Glossary of conservation terminology (Arabic-English and English-Arabic) developed by Dr Hossam Mahdy for the ATHAR programme and intended for conservation professionals working in the Arab region. This is a preliminary document distributed to invite discussion and comments. Author : Hossam Mahdy This publication in pdf can be downloaded here : [...]

  • Osman Hamdi Bey and the Historiophile Mood

Osman Hamdi Bey and the Historiophile Mood

January 1st, 2002|Categories: Publications|

Orientalist Vision and the Romantic Sense of the Past in Late Ottoman Culture. Author : Ahmet Ersoy This publication in pdf can be downloaded here : https://www.academia.edu/11300463/Osman_Hamdi_Bey_and_the_Historiophile_Mood

  • Embroideries and samplers from Islamic Egypt

Embroideries and Samplers from Islamic Egypt

January 1st, 2001|Categories: Publications|

One of the world's most important collections of medieval Islamic embroideries is to be found in the Department of Eastern Art in Oxford University's Ashmolean Museum. The textiles were collected by the Egyptologist Percy Newberry between 1900 and 1930, while he was living in Cairo. Most of the embroideries were [...]

  • Constantinopolis Istanbul

Constantinopolis/Istanbul: Cultural Encounter, Imperial Vision, and the Construction of the Ottoman Capital

January 1st, 2001|Categories: Publications|

A symbolic locus embodying myriad meanings, the political center of the eastern Mediterranean, and one of the old world’s largest urban centers, Constantinople was the site of large-scale urban and architectural interventions. Changing visions—the changing political, cultural, and religious orientations of those who lived there and those who ruled from [...]

  • mughal

A Survey of Architectural Remains along the Mughal Highway from Agra to Lahore

January 1st, 2000|Categories: Publications|

This study makes use of the primary sources like ancient texts, and medieval chronicles retrieved initially from Indian archives, and studies of archaeological survey of India reports, district and state Gazetteers. Author : Subhash Parihar The publication can be purchase from here : https://www.abebooks.co.uk/9788173053351/Land-Transport-Mughal-India-Agra-Lahore-8173053359/plp

  • The Monuments of Historic Cairo

The Monuments of Historic Cairo: A Map and Descriptive Catalogue

January 1st, 1997|Categories: Publications|

Comprising thirty-one maps at a metric scale of 1:1,250 and a descriptive catalogue, The Monuments of Historic Cairo marks the first time that the city's significant architectural heritage has been mapped in ground plan within the present-day urban context. The work surveys an area of nearly six square kilometers, stretching [...]

  • islamic art and architecture

Islamic Art and Architecture, 650-1250

January 1st, 1997|Categories: Publications|

This richly illustrated book provides an unsurpassed overview of Islamic art and architecture from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries, a time of the formation of a new artistic culture and its first, medieval, flowering in the vast area from the Atlantic to India. Inspired by Ettinghausen and Grabar's original [...]

  • onstruction of Power and Piety in Medieval Aleppo

Constructions of Power and Piety in Medieval Aleppo

January 1st, 1996|Categories: Publications|

In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, the Ayyubid dynasty brought unprecedented architectural development to Aleppo, the most important city in medieval Syria. While early Islamic empires usually expressed their grandeur by founding new cities with vast extra-urban palaces, the Ayyubids asserted their power by "modernizing" existing towns. With its large, [...]

  • the traditional saudi arabia

The Traditional Architecture of Saudi Arabia

January 1st, 1996|Categories: Publications|

Saudi Arabia encompasses a greater variety of architectural styles than any other country in the Arabian peninsula. The buildings of the coastal, mountain and plains regions are entirely distinctive and local in their character. By contrast, several towns, especially Mecca and Medina, have naturally been directly exposed to foreign architectural [...]

  • The Court of the Il-Khans, 1290-1340

The Court of the Il-Khans, 1290-1340

January 1st, 1995|Categories: Publications|

The proceedings of the Barakat Trust Conference in Islamic Art and History held at St John's College, Oxford in 1994, on the politics and artistic patronage of the Ilkhanid court in Iran between circa AD 1290 and 1340. The Ilkhanids were of Mongol origin, and the papers range from their [...]

  • The Topkapi Saray Museum Illustrated Manuscripts

The Topkapi Saray Museum: The Albums and Illustrated Manuscripts

January 1st, 1994|Categories: Publications|

This volume focuses on the museum's exceptional group of Islamic miniature paintings found in illustrated copies of classic works & as surviving fragments pasted or bound into albums in the former royal libraries. It is illustrated with representative examples of sacred, literary, & technical works reflecting the patronage of individual [...]

  • islamic architecture form and function

Islamic Architecture: Form, Function and Meaning

January 1st, 1989|Categories: Publications|

This beautifully conceived and produced survey of Islamic architecture explores the glorious world of the caravansarai, mausoleum, palace, and mosque. Focusing on the multifaceted relation of architecture to society, Robert Hillenbrand covers public architecture in the Middle East and North Africa from the medieval period to 1700. Extensive photographs and [...]