Converging Paths: Cultural Counters in Medieval Islam

date: 12 February 2019

To celebrate the inception of Converging Paths—a series of events aimed at building bridges with the......  More »
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Converging Paths: Joseph Tawadros - the Art of the Oud

date: 19 March 2019

Join us for an unforgettable evening in which traditional Arabic music meets jazz and classical in t......  More »
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Misr and Mosque: Architectural Splendour and Political Authority in Medieval Cairo

date: 19 July 2018

Misr and Mosque: Architectural Splendour and Political Authority in Medieval Cairo Illustrated talk ......  More »
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The Barakat Trust's Lectures with Leighton House Museum

date: Thursday 4 October 2018

The vast Muslim cemeteries of Cairo, known as the “City of the Dead”, were always also meant to be a......  More »
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The Arabesque in the Architecture of Islamic Cairo (9th – 16th Century) 

date: Thursday, 11 October 2018

The arabesque was a common design used in the architecture of Islamic Cairo. In the early periods, i......  More »
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Pop-Up Palaces: A journey through 1000 years of Egypt's ceremonial tent-making tradition

date: Wed 14 November 2018

Pop-Up Palaces: A journey through 1000 years of Egypt's ceremonial tent-making traditionIn one of me......  More »
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Barakat 30th Anniversary

date: Thurs 5th Oct 2017

Since 1987 The Barakat Trust, with the help of its supporters, has raised and distributed funds for ......  More »
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Matisse in Studio and his Islamic collections

date: Fri 22nd Sept 2017

Matisse in StudioStep into the studio of Henri Matisse, brimming with the artist’s treasured objects......  More »
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Culture in Crisis: From Cairo to Aleppo; exploring the photographic archive of K.A.C Creswell

date: Friday, 3 November 2017

An in-depth exploration of a unique archive of Middle Eastern topographical photographs dating from ......  More »
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The Barakat Trust's Grants 2018 Open for Applications

date: 3 January - 31 March 2018

The Barakat Trust's Grant applications for 2018 opened on 3 January 2018 and closes on 31 March 2018......  More »
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From Cairo to Aleppo: exploring the photographic archive of K.A.C Creswell

date: Friday 23 March 2018

Join us for an in-depth exploration of a unique archive of Middle Eastern topographical photographs ......  More »
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Literary and visual themes in 17th century manuscript of the Divan of Baki

date: Tue 11 December 2018

Unrequited Love and the Beauty of the Beloved: Literary and visual themes in a 17th century manuscri......  More »
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#HealingGrenfell Science & Inventions camp

date: 31 July - 25 August 2017

The Barakat Trust is offering culturally nuanced Summer camps to Grenfell survivors and communities.......  More »
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The Postal History of Saudi Arabia

date: July 20th 2017

This is a rare opportunity to get an insight into a private collection of Postal History of Saudi Ar......  More »
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Culture Vultures: Islamic Science & Inventions

date: July 10th - July 14th 2017

Immerse yourself in the vibrant art and culture scene of London and inspire the kids during school h......  More »
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Short Art courses in London

date: July and August 2017

Barakat members can enjoy a 20% discount on practical Art courses offered by The Prince's School of ......  More »
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Culture Vultures: Islamic Miniatures & Noble Sports

date: July 17th - July 21st 2017

Immerse yourself in the vibrant art and culture scene of London and inspire the kids during school h......  More »
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Culture Vultures: Islamic art & Design

date: July 24th - July 28th 2017

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Jeddah Photography & Exhibition Workshop

date: 14-29 November, 2017

A unique photography and exhibition workshop in Jeddah led by internationally acclaimed photographer......  More »
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Barakat Family Eid Fair

date: Sun 9th July 2017

Join us for a great family funday out to celebrate Eid with friends and family! Bring the kids, gran......  More »
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Mishcon de Reya Eid Dinner

date: Wed 28th June 2017

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Culture Vultures

date: Mon 29th May - Fri 2nd June 2017

Immerse yourself in the vibrant art and culture scene of London and inspire the kids during school h......  More »
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Ashmolean Museum 'Power & Protection' curated tour

date: Wed 21st Dec 2016

Supported by the Barakat Trust, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford is exhibiting 'Power & Protection; Isla......  More »
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Migrating Histories - Moving Identities

date: Sun 6th Nov 2016

On Sunday 6th Nov, the Barakat Trust hosted an family fun day with arts & craft, performance story t......  More »
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Artists in Conversation

date: 3rd Nov 2016

Immerse yourself in conversation with the artists and share your migrating history....  More »
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Preview - 'Migrating Histories - Moving Identities'

date: 22nd Oct 2016

Join us for the Preview of 'Migrating Histories - Moving Identities' curated by the Barakat Trust, p......  More »
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RBKC's Nour Festival of Arts

date: 21st Oct - 6th Nov 2016

This year’s festival has now come to a close. For 17 glorious days, Nour has shone light on the best......  More »
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Barakat Website Launch

date: 12 October 2016

Join us for the launch of the Barakat Trust’s website, enjoy a private screening of its work, meet t......  More »


Barakat Trust Director Advert

8 January 2018

Now Hiring! New Director

We are looking for a dynamic, professional Director for an exciting new position at The Barakat Trust, to lead the charity to new heights.

This a new and exciting position for The Barakat Trust, the new Director will play a key role in leading the organisation into a new phase of growth, as well as developing new activities in the area of Islamic arts, heritage and culture.

Job Description Summary

You will have strong managerial experience, preferably in an arts, heritage and culture setting, with proven leadership skills in the areas of strategic planning, fundraising, organisational development and personnel.

You will lead on the management and operation of The Barakat Trust, focusing on financial and staff management, fundraising, arts heritage and culture programme development, relationship building with stakeholders and donors and complying with funders.

You be responsible for generating the income and funds necessary to ensure that the future of The Barakat Trust is financially sustainable.

The post will have a strong emphasis on ensuring smooth daily operations and developing the activities and services offered by The Barakat Trust, to give it a sustainable future, as well as managing its trading arm Barakat Culture CIC.

You will ensuring the overall successful delivery of the charity’s registered objectives, that are “the advancement, improvement, development and maintenance of education in, and the appreciation of, Islamic art by any means the trustees see fit, including through the award of educational grants and the funding of publications and exhibitions…”.

The Trust is currently developing a new three-year strategy and business plan, and as Director, you will be responsible for its subsequent delivery.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will have the following:

  • Knowledge and experience of working in an arts, heritage or culture organisation, with an empathy for the Islamic arts
  • Proven leadership and management ability in the areas of strategic planning, fundraising, organisational development and human resource management for a minimum of 2 years in a senior management role in medium-sized organisation;
  • Experience in applying different fundraising methods including individual giving, sponsorship, applications to trusts and foundations, fundraising events etc.;
  • Successful track record of raising funds and income generation from a wide range of sources and implementing new activities and services;
  • Sound understanding of management accounts and accounting requirements as they relate to charities and social enterprises;

About The Barakat Trust

The Barakat Trust is a UK registered charity established in 1987 and is committed to supporting and promoting the preservation and study of Islamic art, heritage, architecture and culture for future generations.

The Barakat Trust provides financial support for the study and research of the material and visual cultures of Islamic societies, scholarships and grants in Islamic art, history, architecture and archaeology, at the world's most respected academic and cultural institutions at post-graduate and post-doctoral level. The Barakat Trust also supports exhibitions, lectures, conferences, archaeological excavations, conservation projects, surveys and documentation, travel grants and scholarly publications with a focus on promoting the contribution of Islamic arts, heritage and culture.

Recently, The Barakat Trust celebrated 30 years of grant giving, having supported over 600 grantees from over 40 countries. The Barakat Trust is now looking forward to a new stage of its development.

Other information

Salary scale: £45,000-50,000 per annum dependent on experience;

Hours: 35 hours per week;

Contract: Fixed term for one year initially;

Entitlements: 25 days holiday per annum and 5% pension contribution;

Location: Homebased initially, pending securing suitable premises in Central London;

Download the application form and supporting documents from The Guardian

We are only able to accept applications by email and are unable to accept late applications or CVs. The Barakat Trust aims to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

The Barakat Trust is a registered charity in England and Wales Charity No 1136842

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3 January 2018

The Barakat Trust's Grants 2018

  • The Barakat Trust's Grant applications for 2018 opened on 3 January 2018 and closes on 31 March 2018.
  • Applicants will be informed of a decision shortly after the end of April 2018.
  • Categories of Awards

    The Academic Advisory Committee annually defines the categories and values of awards within which applications may be made, and retains the right to adjust the number and value of awards, according to the funds available and the quality and quantity of applications received. For grant related queries


  • A1. Barakat Senior Scholar

    One visiting scholarship of £10,000 to enable an established Muslim scholar from the Islamic world to come to Oxford for three months to carry out a specific programme of research and to deliver a lecture on their research.

    Apply Now »

  • A2. Barakat International Studentship
  • One scholarship of £15,000 to a Muslim student from the Islamic world who has already been accepted on one of the following taught Masters courses. Where a student has been accepted on a two-year course, the grant may be awarded or renewed for the second year of the course, on the condition that the student is able to demonstrate outstanding performance during the first year of the course.

    • American University in Cairo, MA in Islamic Art and Archaeology
    • School of Oriental and African Studies, MA in History of Art and Architecture of the Islamic Middle East
    • University College London, MA in Managing Archaeological Sites
    • University College London, MA in Museum Studies
    • University College London, MA in Principles of Conservation
    • University College London, MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums
    • University of Durham, MA in Museum and Artefact Studies
    • University of Durham, MA in Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects
    • University of East Anglia, MA in Museum Studies
    • University of Leicester, MA in Museum Studies
    • University of Sussex, West Dean College, Graduate Diploma/Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Conservation Studies
    • University of York, MA in Conservation Studies
    • University of York, MSc in Digital Heritage

    Apply Now »

  • A3. Barakat Doctoral Student & Postdoctoral Scholar Grants 

    Doctoral students, and early career scholars who were awarded a doctorate after 30 June 2012, may apply for grants with an upper limit of £1,500 towards the costs of travel for fieldwork and study, attending conferences, and participating in educational and/or training programmes.

    Apply Now »

  • A4. Barakat Major Awards

    Established scholars attached to research institutions, including but not restricted to universities, museums and libraries, may apply for awards with an upper limit of £10,000 each for research, educational and/or training programmes, and other projects relating to the archaeology, the conservation and the history of the material and visual culture of Muslim societies.

    Apply Now »

  • A5. Barakat Conservation Awards

    Grants with an upper limit of £7,000 each towards a conservation project or the training of a conservator in the fields of Islamic art and architecture.

    Apply Now »

  • A6. Barakat Publication Grants

    Grants with an upper limit of £6,000 towards the costs of a major publication on Islamic art, architecture, archaeology etc.

    Apply Now »

  • A7. Barakat Digitisation Grants
  • One grant of up to £50,000 per year, for a maximum of three years, towards the costs of making available online any major collection of Islamic art, architecture and archaeology. The grant is made from zakat, and therefore only Muslims and Islamic institutions (including libraries and museums in Islamic lands) are eligible to apply. Institutions which can raise matching funds may receive priority. Successful applicants must undertake: (1) to adhere to the standards of digitisation agreed with the Barakat Trust; (2) to store all data with a cloud storage provider approved by the Barakat Trust; (3) to make the digitised data freely available over the web, save only that, with the agreement of the Barakat Trust, the institution shall be entitled to publish low resolution and/or watermarked images of artefacts, and to levy reasonable charges for the supply of high resolution images and for the reproduction of images.

    Apply Now »

  • B1. Barakat Postdoctoral Scholarship
  • One or more awards of £18,000 each to enable a Muslim post-doctoral scholar, who was awarded a doctorate after 30 June2012, to spend nine months (normally October to June) in Oxford to carry out a specific programme of research or to prepare such research for publication. Please see the separate guidelines to this grant.
  • B2. Barakat Oxford Studentship

    One studentship to cover one year's university and college fees for a Muslim student already accepted by the Faculty of Oriental Studies of the University of Oxford to read for an M.St or M.Phil in Islamic Art and Archaeology. Renewal for the second year of the M.Phil may be granted to candidates who perform well in the qualifying examination, but the grant may not be extended to cover doctoral studies.

    Apply Now »

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Celebrating 30 years of The Barakat Trust

Celebrating 30 years of support for the study, preservation and appreciation of Islamic art, heritage and culture, The Barakat Trust hosted its grand 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner at The British Museum last week, under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The evening was compered by BBC journalist and newsreader Asad Ahmad, and was attended by 270 guests, with a number of VIP guests.

Guest speakers included Venetia Porter of The British Museum, about the reasons for the Museum’s support for Barakat Trust followed by Professor Jeremy Johns, Chairman of Barakat’s Academic Advisory Committee based at the University of Oxford, who spoke passionately about the history, inception and evolution of The Barakat Trust over the years.

The keynote speaker, His Excellency Omar Ghobash, UAE Ambassador to Russia, delivered a speech on the importance of preserving heritage and culture for future generations, and concluded with book signing of 300 donated copies of his latest publication, “Letters to a Young Muslim.”

A Middle-Eastern style three course gourmet dinner was served against a backdrop of Arab fusion jazz, courtesy of renowned Egyptian jazz band, Harfoush.

The dinner was followed by a live auction led by Sotheby’s main auctioneer, Lord Mark Poltimore, Deputy Chairman, Sotheby’s Europe and Chairman of Sotheby’s Russia & Scandinavia. Alongside the live auction, a silent auction and project pledges ran throughout the evening.

The Barakat Trust and Barakat Culture CIC would like to thank its guests, donors, sponsors and supporters for playing a part in its heritage preservation efforts.

The event was sponsored by prominent businesses from the world of law, finance, banking, lifestyle & art: The British Museum, Mishcon de Reya, Sotheby’s, Citi Private, Ploutos International, Ozoza Lifestyle, and NYLA Consults. Other partners and auction donors were: DN Design, LX Travel, Turkish airlines, Mathaf Gallery, NYLA Gallery, Azza Fahmy, Athr Gallery, artists Dana Awartani, Ali Omar Ermes, Nasser Al Salem, Daniah Alsaleh and Halima Casell.

To view the highlights of the Gala from start to finish visit

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Through your much needed support over the years we have funded 600 projects with grantees from 40 nationalities. Now more than ever before, we need your continued support!

If you are passionate about the study, preservation and appreciation of Islamic art, heritage and culture then support the work of The Barakat Trust by making a donation at

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Sat 22 october 2016

Preview of 'Migrating Histories - Moving Identities'

Nestled in the heart of South Kensington, NYLA gallery played host to the Barakat Trust's exhibition 'Migrating Histories - Moving Identities' part of RBKC's Nour festival of Arts.

The preview showcased a visual dialogue between reinterpreted maps and diagrammatic representations expressing the intimate relationship between peoples, histories, cultures and their natural environment. Set within the context of the constantly evolving and rapidly changing face of the Middle East, themes around migration, polarisation, destruction of heritage and the impact on identity and the human body are explored. A sense of continuous movement and migration of cultural landscapes is evoked by a range of emerging and international artists using a diverse range of mediums from mixed media, digital and textiles.

‘The story of migration can be full of hope and optimism and beauty yet at the same time destructive and full of horror. Now more then ever, the focus needs to remain on the visual stories of migrating histories and our moving identities. We have all migrated from somewhere…

Who are we? And where do we come from? And does it even matter?’ these were the questions and conversations buzzing around the evening as guests became involved in the interactive map wall installation inviting visitors to map their 'migrating histories'! Other works included digital maps by NYLA and Hadiyah Hussain, an installation by Khaver Idrees, limited edition prints by Kevin Jackson and a series of moving photographs by journalist and writer Sarah ElRashidi,

All the artists, to some degree or another, have been touched by the story of migration whether through their personal journey and cultural ancestry or the present day cultural landscape of media and politics. Some of the artists have taken objects and earth from the Middle East and reinterpreted this in mixed media work to create a sense of beauty juxtaposed with a sense of horror allowing the onlooker to draw their own conclusions.

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12 Oct 2016

Launch of Barakat Website

On Wednesday 12 October, nestled in the heart of South Kensington, trustees and members of Oxford University based Academic Advisory Committee came together with friends, members, students and families to launch the Barakat's new website. With mouth watering canapes, guests previewed the new website and helped raised funds for some of the charity's future projects including an online digital archive, 'curated culture' package for children and how to get involved.

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Barakat Trust featured in Patronage in the Middle East by Thames & Hudson

The Barakat Trust was mentioned in Thames & Hudson's 'Art Patronage In the Middle East'

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Barakat Trust 25th Anniversary Dinner 2015 - Sponsored by Aston Martin

Sponsored by Aston Martin Saudi Arabia, The Barakat Trust celebrated 25 years of incredible support and preservation of Islamic culture.

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    Art & Patronage - The Middle East by Thames & Hudson

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    Arab News has consistently featured the growth and evolution of the Barakat Trust from its early years to the present day. More »

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    The Wells of Memory

    One of the first travelers in a century to walk through the Hejaz desert of Saudi Arabia, Paul Salopek encounters a fabled past of caravans and pilgrims, of empires come and gone. He encounters cultural preservationists including trustees of The Barakat Trust. More »