The Barakat Trust has supported 700 projects over the past 35 years.
In 2019, we funded Doa Khan, a Pakistani conservation professional to pursue an MA in conservation studies at the University of York and Dina Mneimnah, a Lebanese urbanist to do an MA in Architecture and Historic Urban Studies at University College, London.
Our travel and research grants enabled Zarifa Alikperova to undertake research on the Shrine of Jalaludin Rumi in Konya, Turkey; Jaimee Comstock-Skipp to travel for research on Central Asian Persianate manuscripts; Maxime Durocher to organise a conference on archives at the Sorbonne University; Shireen El Kassem to undertake research on Mamluk silk production in Egypt and Syria; Gunseli Gurel to further her research on Ottoman manuscript production; Alya Karame to further her research on Quran production; Kristyna Rendlova to attend a summer school on Ottoman manuscript illustration; Yeliz Teber to study the Bektashis in the Ottoman Empire and Nikolaos Vryzydis to study objects from the Islamic world in Greek monastic collections.
Our major projects grants supported the post of librarian at the Kenyon Institute Library in Jerusalem; a workshop on post-conflict urban reconstruction in Aleppo at the American University in Beirut; a summer institute for the arts of Iran at the Courtauld Institute of Art; capacity building training in manuscript conservation for heritage professionals in Gaza; archaeological investigations including the training of young archaeologists at the site of medieval Volubilis, Morocco; Multaka-Oxford (Cultural encounters between forced migrants to the UK, and the British Public through a pioneering engagement programme at the History of Science Museum, Oxford; Diane Digna, a Sudanese museum curator, to join the British Museum’s International Training Programme; Technical studies to enable the dating of early Islamic pottery; archaeological work at the site of the San Giovanni dei Lebbrosi (Palermo) Archaeological Complex in Sicily; A visitor path around the Imam Shaf’i Complex in Cairo; the documentation of the Ibn al-Ghurab Mausoleum in Cairo; and the documentation of unlisted commercial buildings in Bulaq, Cairo.
Our publications grants supported publications on 20th and 21st century modern Iranian art (Hamid Keshmirshekan); Khirbat Faris in Jordan (Alison McQuitty); Endangered wooden objects and fittings in the monuments of historic Cairo (NADIM Foundation); Ottoman textiles between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean (Amanda Phillips) and War at the end of the Ottoman Empire (Gizem Tongo Overfield Shaw).
We continued to fund the digitisation of the historic photos of KAC Creswell at the Victoria and Albert Museum and in other international collections.
In 2018, we funded Wajeeha Arshad to pursue an MA in the conservation of historic buildings at the University of York, and Nayra Zaghloul for her 2nd year of M.Phil in Islamic Art and Archaeology at Oxford. Our funding also enabled Alya Karame to do postdoctoral studies on Quranic Manuscripts from the Eastern Islamic World between the 10th and 12th Centuries and Dr Ruba Kana’an, a senior scholar, to undertake a study entitled The City and its Mosques, both at Oxford. Barakat Trust funding also enabled Peter Nagy to undertake his study of Sultans’ Paradise: The Archaeology of Shālla in the Islamic Periods and for Funerary Architecture in Fourteenth-Century Tlemsen, Algeria, and enabled Muhammad Shaaban to attend the School of Mamluk Studies 2018 Conference.
The major projects we supported in 2018 were the documentation and cataloguing of Widad Kawar’s personal archive of traditional Palestinian costumes; understanding and presenting Khirbat al-Mafjar, Jordan through architectural reassessment, virtual reconstruction and presentation to the visitor; The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s project on The History of Muhammad al-Jazuli’s Dala’il al-Khayrat Prayer book from West Africa to South East Asia, (15th – 20th centuries); The British Museum’s International Training Programme; A Study of The Ottoman Imperial Scroll; archaeological work in Walila, Morocco: spanning the period from the Awraba to the Merinids; restoring, recording and inventorying the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the M’Hamid Oasis, Morocco; a conference entitled: Protecting the Past: From Digital Documentation to Heritage Management in the MENA Region; Funding for the part-time librarian at the Kenyon Institute (Council for British Research in the Levant), East Jerusalem; research to reconstruct Ottoman legitimacy in the wake of Wahhabi challenge, looking at architecture and beyond; The Islamic Bayda Project; and an analysis of rock crystal and other hard-stone craftsmanship in medieval and early Muslim societies– from raw material to the final product.
Our funding also enabled the digitisation of the historic photos of KAC Creswell at the Victoria and Albert Museum and in other international collections.
On the conservation front, we funded two projects: The Treatment and Conservation of a Gilded and Painted
Wooden Medallion in Storage at Manial Palace Museum, Cairo; and Sacred Spatialities in Transition: Mapping Muslim Architecture In The Littorals of South Asia.
We also funded the following publications:
Sinem Erdogan Iskorkutan: Recent Perspectives of Ceremonies, Rituals & Festivals in the Ottoman World.
Margaret Graves: Arts of Allusion: Object, Ornament and Architecture in Medieval Islam.
Atefeh Seyed Mousavi: Narrative Illustration on Qajar Tilework in Shiraz.
Ünver Rustem: Ottoman Baroque: The Architectural Refashioning of Eighteenth-Century Istanbul.
All of the above projects were made possible through generous donations received from The Barakat Trust. Please continue to support us to enable other great projects and initiatives that preserve the heritage of the Islamic World and educated current and future generations of professional. Even a small donation helps.
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Image Above: A paper-making workshop at a summer school entitled “The Arabic Manuscript:
Codicology, Palaeography and History,” Supported by The Barakat Trust, The National Library of Tunisia, 2017.