Congratulations New Grantee – Romolo Loreto

Congratulations to one of our 2022 grantees! We are thrilled to fund Romolo Loreto in his research. So what is the project? About the project: Since 2009 the Italian archaeological mission in Saudi Arabia has been carrying out archaeological research in Dumat al-Jandal. Since 2016 the study has focused [...]

Congratulations New Grantee – Konstantinos Politis

Congratulations to one of our 2022 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 [...]

Interview: The Archaeology of Islamic Sicily – with Angelo Castrorao Barba and the Superintendence of Palermo

Of all the important centres of the historic Islamic World, there is one region that many do not realise was ever Islamic at all: Sicily. We caught up with a recent grantee of The Barakat Trust, Angelo Castrorao Barba. Angelo has undertaken some particularly fascinating research with our grant, [...]

Jeddah: Crossroads of the World – A new podcast with Ahmad Angawi

Join celebrated artist Ahmad Angawi as he explores how Jeddah has been influenced by many cultures, from Morocco to Indonesia, and how Jeddah has influenced them back. Learn about the cultural exchanges that pilgrimages brought, explore the traditional woodworking that Ahmad is helping to keep alive, and discover how [...]

The Power of the Visual: A new podcast with Ulrike Al-Khamis

Join Ulrike Al-Khamis for an inside look at the Aga Khan Museum's latest exhibition in Toronto, Canada. IMAGE? The Power of the Visual explores image-making over the centuries, exploring through the lens of Islamic art from across many periods and cultures. We are surrounded, in fact inundated, by images and we often have little time to contemplate their deeper meaning; IMAGE? aims to [...]

Congratulations New Grantee – Museum With No Frontiers

Congratulations to one of our 2022 grantees! We are thrilled to fund Museum With No Frontiers. So what is the project? About the project: An exciting new addition to the Islamic Art in the Mediterranean series is coming. So far the series has taken readers to Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Portugal, [...]

Congratulations New Grantee – British Museum

Congratulations to one of our successful 2022 grantees! We are thrilled to fund the International Training Programme (ITP) at the British Museum, London, United Kingdom. So what is the ITP? We know museums change lives. To improve museums across the world, this excellent programme teaches exciting and important skills [...]

Matt Saba

Matt is Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Architecture at the Aga Khan Documentation Center, MIT Libraries. His research interests include imperial building practices in late antiquity and early Islam as well as the history of Islamic art as a discipline. As a librarian he is involved in building MIT's bibliographic [...]

Hugo Cook

Communications Coordinator Hugo Cook studied Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford (BA), and Egyptology at the University of Cambridge (MPhil). In addition to promoting the work of the Barakat Trust, Hugo is the Tutor of Egyptology at City Lit, and has taught widely about [...]

Press: Helping Gaza university restore a Sufi institute

We are delighted to be funding the Iwan Center for Cultural Heritage at the Faculty of Engineering at the Islamic University of Gaza in an important forthcoming project. This project will undertake essential restoration work on the oldest Mamluk religious site in the Gaza Strip: a 700-year-old Sufi institute called [...]

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