Lost Libraries of Tunis – A new podcast with Laura Hinrichsen

Join Laura Hinrichsen as she walks us through her fascinating new research, reconstructing the great libraries of 16th century Tunis, once thought completely lost, by hunting down fragments scattered across the world. Listen as she explores the great conquest that destroyed these libraries, the sort of things you could [...]

Material Power: Palestinian Embroidery – A new podcast with Rachel Dedman

Join Rachel Dedman as she explores the beauty and politics of Palestinian textiles. Listen as she discusses her work on the current Material Power exhibition in the UK, whose public programme was part of our Hands On Islamic Art project which works to engage the UK public with Islamic [...]

Gaza: Art History & Lost Monuments – A new podcast with Leena Ghannam

Join Leena Ghannam as she walks us through an often unfamiliar aspect of Gaza: its art, architecture, and monuments. Listen in as she takes us through mermaid monuments and golden markets, from temples of Aphrodite to masterpieces of modern art, exploring from the conquests of Alexander until the recent [...]

Congratulations New Grantee – Laura Hinrichsen

Congratulations to one of our 2023 grantees! We are thrilled to fund Laura Hinrichsen for her publication. So what is it? About the project: In her upcoming book, provisionally titled The Lost Libraries of Tunis and published by De Gruyter, Hinrichsen explores the medieval libraries of Tunis, long accepted [...]

Congratulations New Grantee – Konstantinos Politis

Congratulations to one of our 2023 grantees! We are thrilled to fund Konstantinos Politis in his research. So what is the project? About the project: The Barakat Trust is delighted to award a grant to Konstantinos Politics for his research into the Islamic heritage of Greece; specifically the Greek city [...]

Unearthing Ottoman Greece – A new podcast with Konstantinos Politis

Join Konstantinos Politis as he digs through the long history of the Greek city of Chalkida, from its war-altering strategic importance to its lush date farms. Listen as he discusses his work, as a grantee of The Barakat Trust, exploring the town's Ottoman Heritage, discovering several mosques, and navigating [...]

West Asian Weaving – A new podcast with Nour Hage

Join Nour Hage as she weaves a story of textiles in West Asia, from bridal practices, to talismanic symbols, to Nour's own work as an artist. Listen as she discusses her work on Leighton House's recent Kheit exhibition, as part of our Hands On Islamic Art project which works to engage the UK [...]

Saladin: Between Man and Myth – A new podcast with Abdul Rahman Azzam

Join Abdul Rahman Azzam for a discussion of espionage and honour, history and technology, as he explores the life and legacy of one of history's greatest leaders: Saladin. Listen now to learn where the man meets the myth, why he has endured so strongly in the popular consciousness, the [...]

Congratulations New Grantee – Glaire Anderson

Congratulations to one of our 2022 grantees! We are thrilled to fund Glaire Anderson in her project. So what is the project? About the project: The Barakat Trust is proud to fund Glaire Anderson and the Digital Lab for Islamic Visual Culture & Collections at the University of Edinburgh [...]

Remembering Iradj Bagherzade, 1942-2023

We are greatly saddened by the passing of Iradj Bagherzade on 8th January 2023 in London. Born in Vienna, Iradj studied for a degree in law at Oxford University, though he never practised as a lawyer. Instead, his monumental and impactful career in publishing began with Time-Life. After years [...]

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