Congratulations New Grantee – Kristyna Rendlova

Congratulations to one of our 2022 grantees! We are thrilled to fund Kristýna Rendlova in her research. So what is the project? About the project: The Barakat Trust is delighted to award a grant to Kristýna Rendlova for her doctoral fieldwork in Istanbul, Turkey. Her research explores the depiction of architecture [...]

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 – Alya Karame

Congratulations to one of our 2022 grantees! We are thrilled to fund Dr Alya Karame of the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. So what is the project? About the project: This project will see the publication of an important new book, one which explores a previously unstudied corpus of Eastern [...]

Congratulations New Grantee – Yousef Moradi

Congratulations to one of our 2022 grantees! We are thrilled to fund Dr Yousef Moradi of the SOAS University of London, UK. So what is the project? About the site: Takht-e Soleyman is an ancient citadel in north-western Iran. Originally a Fire Temple built near an ancient volcano by [...]

Hands On Islamic Art Project – Congratulations Grantee!

Congratulations to the Museum of Islamic Arts and Heritage Foundation! Who are the Museum of Islamic Arts and Heritage Foundation? The Museum of Islamic Arts and Heritage Foundation (MIAH) was formed by a group of researchers and heritage practitioners at the University of Birmingham, England. They are eager to share [...]

Congratulations New Grantee – Ignacio Arce

Congratulations to one of our 2022 grantees! We are thrilled to fund Dr Ignacio Arce of the Madrid School of Architecture, Spain. So what is the project? The project will thoroughly analyse architectural material from Qastal al Balqa. Excitingly, it seems to have been built from the remains of [...]

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 [...]

Impermanent Monuments, Lasting Legacies: The Dār al-Khilāfa of Samarra and Palace Building in Early Abbasid Iraq

This book offers a new interpretation of early Abbasid palaces as “impermanent monuments.” Synthesizing an array of sources, ranging from archaeological finds and classical Arabic literature to modern studies on the social and intellectual history of Islamic civilization, it reveals ways in which the Abbasid court designed, decorated, presented, and [...]

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