Over 36 years The Barakat Trust has supported 817 projects in 45 countries.

Here you can enjoy the sights and sounds of some of those brilliant projects.

Latest Podcasts

Season 4: Episode 6

“Material Power: Palestinian Embroidery” with Rachel Dedman

Season 4: Episode 5

“Gaza: Art History & Lost Monuments” with Leena Ghannam

Season 4: Episode 4

“Unearthing Ottoman Greece” with Konstantinos Politis

See our earlier podcasts further down this page.


Explore the sights of The Barakat Trust’s videos, and our partners videos of their work.

The Barakat Trust: Our Story

The Barakat Trust 30 Years Gala Grantee Projects Video

The Architecture of the Veil – Damascene Houses

M’Hamid Oasis

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

Joseph Tawadros – Preview of Asia House oud concert


Listen to our older podcasts we have developed for the unique contributions of some of the world’s top experts.

Episode 1

New with the Old! Islamic Art at the British Museum with Venetia Porter

Episode 2

Can We Learn From the Past? A Conversation with Nasser Rabbat

Episode 3

Layla S. Diba Talking About Art In Peril

Episode 4

“God is Beautiful and Loves Beauty” with Doris Behrens-Abouseif

Episode 5

Ottoman Complexities with Edhem Eldem

Episode 6

The Gardens of Palestine with Lara Zureikat

Episode 7

The Crusades – Merchants and Monarchs with Scott Redford

Episode 8

The Fascination of Islam with Anna Contadini

Episode 9

World Trade and Art – The Malay World with Michael Backman

Episode 10

The Forgotten Kingdoms of India with Navina Haidar

Episode 11

New Storytelling: The Art of Greater Being by Alia Alzougbi

Episode 12

A Game of Thrones in Medieval Egypt with Tarek Swelim

The Sanctuary at the Heart of Islam with Simon O’Meara

Episode 14

China and the Other  – a conversation with Nixi Cura

Rethinking Identities — Iran and Beyond with Sussan Babaie

Episode 16

A Matter of Perspective with eL Seed

Episode 17

The Importance of the Moon with Ulrike al-Khamis

Episode 18

The Spirit of Hagia Sophia with Bissera Pentcheva

Season 2: Episode 1

Cultural Resilience in a Changing World with Salma Tuqan

Season 2: Episode 2

The Story of Coffee with Nancy Um

Season 2: Episode 3

A Journey to the Summit of Mount Sinai with George Manginis

Season 2: Episode 4

The Epics of Heroes with Jaimee Comstock-Skipp

Season 2: Episode 5

A World of Pearls with Robert Carter

Season 2: Episode 6

The Taj Mahal with Mehreen Chida-Razvi

Season 2: Episode 7

Contextualising the Occult with Liana Saif

Season 2: Episode 8

Reviving the Cradle of Hindustani Culture with Ratish Nanda

Season 2: Episode 9

Who are the Parsis? with Sarah Stewart

Season 2: Episode 10

“Art, Revolution and People’s Voices” a new podcast with Bahia Shehab

Season 2: Episode 11

Converging Paths Podcasts 2021 “Why Art History?” with Wendy Shaw

Season 2: Episode 12

Searching for Minarets in the Mountains with Tharik Hussain

Season 2: Episode 13

“Revealing Arabia” with Robert Holland

Season 2: Episode 14

“Iraq: Seeking Inspiration in Tradition” with Mysa Kafil-Hussain

Season 2: Episode 15

“Meeting for Coffee, Ottoman Style” with Doğukan Atmaca

Season 2: Episode 16

“Retracing the Silk Roads” with Christopher Wilton Steer

Season 2: Episode 17

“Epic Iran” with Tim Stanley

Season 2: Episode 18

“The Jewel of Damascus” with Alain George

Season 2: Episode 19

“The Making of a Master Calligrapher” with Bilal Badat

Season 2: Episode 20

“Heritage is Ours” with May Al-Ibrashy

Season 2: Episode 21

“Ephemeral Palaces and Eternal Poetry of Iraq” with Matt Saba

Season 2: Episode 22

“Andalusia’s Great Inventor: Ibn Firnas” with Glaire Anderson

Season 2: Episode 23

“Revealing Esna: An Egyptian Hidden Gem” with Kareem Ibrahim

Season 2: Episode 24

“Decoding Arms and Armour” with Arthur Bijl

Season 2: Episode 25

“Secret Geometry” with Wael Sabry

Season 2: Episode 26

“Saudi Modern” with Abdulrahman and Turki Gazzaz

Season 2: Episode 27

“Olive Oil Empires” with Anna Leone


Enjoy our thought-provoking webinars, and follow us to see when the next one you can attend live will be.

Webinar 1: Egyptian Applique Work in a Global World

Webinar 2: The Pearling Path: The Revitalisation of Muharraq, Bahrain, with Noura Al Sayeh

Webinar 3: “Stories for Change” with award-winning documentary film maker Oliver Wilkins.

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