This film celebrates the breadth and diversity of Islamic culture across the world and through time. Focusing on people, places and objects to give context to the stories told in the Albukhary foundation galleries of the Islamic world.
Reza Shah-Kazemi is founding editor of the Islamic World Report, formerly a Consultant to the Institute for Policy Research in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and currently Senior Research Associate at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London.
Nora Fouad, jewellery maker, Cairo. Jameel House of Traditional Arts
Nora Fouad is an established jewellery designer with a passion for geometry and Islamic patterns. She graduated from the Jameel House of Traditional Arts / Cairo in 2012 and founded her own brand Norification.
Gamal Hassanein, potter, Cairo. Jameel House of Traditional Arts
Gamal Hassanein has been a potter since childhood, inheriting his craft from his family before studying at the Jameel House of Traditional Arts / Cairo and continuing his career with the Cultural Development Fund of Egypt.
As part of Art Jameel's commitment to preserving the endangered crafts of Egypt, students at the Jameel House of Traditional Arts / Cairo attended a special course at the workshop of Hassan Hodhod in the City of the Dead to learn the ancient art of glassblowing.
Dr Farouk Topan on Qur'an boards and Islam in Africa
Farouk Topan has taught Swahili culture and literature at the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, and is currently a member of Faculty at Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations in London.
The Arabesque Leaf Scroll: Design Principles and the Evolution of Form
In this short film, The Prince’s Foundation | School of Traditional Arts offers an insight into how universal principles of geometry bring symmetry and harmony to the fluid creativity of Arabesque compositions.