The Albukhary Foundation gallery of the Islamic World: New perspectives

Thursday 25 October 2018, 6.30PM

Speaker(s): Professor Owen Wright (SOAS)


The Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World, will be opened to the public on 18 October this year. The new gallery of the museum displays a comprehensive presentation of the Islamic world through art and material culture. In this talk, Dr Ladan Akbarnia, will discuss the new displays, the collection, and the vision for the new gallery. 


Dr Ladan Akbarnia

Dr Ladan Akbarnia is assistant keeper, at the British Museum, for Islamic Collections, Iran, Central Asia and India. She completed her studies in archaeology, architecture, and art history at Harvard University. Her most recent publication is The Islamic World: A History in Objects (Oct, 2018).


Tickets available here

Location: The Treehouse, Berrick Saul

Admission: Free admission, please book tickets via the link provided.

Persian Classics today: contemporary visual interpretations of Medieval Literature


Thursday 15 November 2018, 6.30PM

Speaker(s): Dr Firuza Melville (University of Cambridge)

More details to follow soon.




Location: The Treehouse

Four Corners of One Cloth: Textiles from the Islamic World


Thursday 29 November 2018, 6.30PM

Speaker(s): Uthra Rajgopal and Amy George (The Whitworth)

Cloth was, and continues to be, a unifier across the Islamic world. The title of this exhibition refers to the Prophet Muhammad bringing together four leaders who all wanted to raise the sacred Black Stone from the ground up to the Ka’ba in Mecca. They placed the stone in the centre of a cloth so that each could take a corner and lift together.

At the heart of this exhibition is a nearly 100-year-old fragment of kiswa cloth. The kiswa covers the Ka’ba and is replaced annually during Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca); each year sections are cut and distributed across the world. This is a textile of religious significance but not all of the works on display are connected to worship. Socks, rugs, bedding and tablecloths are included; objects made in beautiful and careful ways for everyday use.

This talk will explore the making of the exhibition. It will offer an insight into the Islamic textiles in the Whitworth’s collection as well as the contributions made by Manchester’s Islamic communities.

To reserve your free ticket, please visit

Location: The Treehouse

Admission: Free but ticket required