Heritage2020-05-13T16:27:18+01:00

Heritage

A selection of reports on the heritage projects we have supported and funded in the field of Islamic Art, Heritage and Culture since we were founded in 1987

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Saudi Modern: A new podcast with Abdulrahman and Turki Gazzaz

How did the discovery of oil transform Saudi Arabia's cities and its architecture?  How can art and architecture come together to capture the spirit of modernism in a nation known more for tradition? Join this conversation with Abdulrahman and Turki Gazzaz, two architect brothers, to discover how their curiosity to understand their home city of Jeddah led to the rise of "Saudi Modern," a project to discover, record and capture modernist architecture and urbanism [...]

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 [...]

Alain Fouad George

Alain Fouad George is IM Pei Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture and a Fellow of Wolfson College at the University of Oxford. He taught previously at the University of Edinburgh (2007-17) and the Université Saint Joseph in Beirut (2005-7). His research focuses on early Qur'ans, Islamic calligraphy, and [...]

Hallie Swanson

Hallie is a third-year PhD student in the Religious Studies department at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in Islam in South Asia. She holds an MSc in Modern South Asian Studies from the University of Oxford and a BA (Honors) in Comparative Literature and Society from Columbia University. She [...]

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

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 [...]

Glossary of Arabic terms for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage

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 : [...]

Sultans and Mosques : The Early Muslim Architecture of Bangladesh

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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