40 episodes

Coping with coronavirus’ fruits of boredom? Well, make our Asia House Arts In Isolation series your favourite playlist and belt them out — and open a window so others can hear.Pretty much everything from the Louvre to the NBA has been closed, cancelled or postponed. But it takes more than that to really cancel culture. Because if you can’t visit art, we bring it to you. We can still remain connected to the creative voices who help us make sense of our times.

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Coping with coronavirus’ fruits of boredom? Well, make our Asia House Arts In Isolation series your favourite playlist and belt them out — and open a window so others can hear.Pretty much everything from the Louvre to the NBA has been closed, cancelled or postponed. But it takes more than that to really cancel culture. Because if you can’t visit art, we bring it to you. We can still remain connected to the creative voices who help us make sense of our times.

    Andalusia's Great Inventor: Ibn Firnas, with Glaire Anderson and Seif El Rashidi

    Andalusia's Great Inventor: Ibn Firnas, with Glaire Anderson and Seif El Rashidi

    Join Glaire Anderson for a fascinating conversation about one of great inventors of Andalusia: Abbas Ibn Firnas, who successfully invented a glider plane in the 9th century, and undertook the first known flight when in his 60s!  Find out about this fascinating man, his many inventions, and the relationship between science and religion in Muslim Spain. 

    • 36 min
    Ephemeral Palaces and Eternal Poetry of Iraq - Matt Saba & Seif El Rashidi

    Ephemeral Palaces and Eternal Poetry of Iraq - Matt Saba & Seif El Rashidi

    Join Matt Saba for a fascinating conversation about the magnificent palaces built by the Abbasid Caliphs of Iraq.  This dynasty realised that kingdoms invariably rose and fell, and that the longest lasting legacy of the reign would be literature.

    This podcast is part of Converging Paths, an initiative organised by Asia House and the Barakat Trust exploring the arts and cultures of the Islamic World. 

    Converging Paths is generously supported by the Altajir Trust and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s Education Programme.

    • 34 min
    Heritage is Ours - May Al-Ibrashy and Seif El Rashidi

    Heritage is Ours - May Al-Ibrashy and Seif El Rashidi

    May Al-Ibrashy, conservation architect and founder of Megawra Built Environment Collective and al-Athar Lina (Heritage is Ours!), talks to us about the projects she is leading to preserve historic Cairo, putting the community first. May discusses the recently completed Imam Shafii Conservation Project - one of the most magnificent buildings of historic Cairo, and the opportunities and challenges of the growing interest in reviving the historic city.
     
    This podcast is part of Converging Paths, an initiative organised by Asia House in partnership with the Barakat Trust exploring the arts and cultures of the Islamic World.

    • 31 min
    The Making of a Master Calligrapher - Bilal Badat and Seif El Rashidi

    The Making of a Master Calligrapher - Bilal Badat and Seif El Rashidi

    The Making of a Master Calligrapher - Bilal Badat and Seif El Rashidi
    Join Bilal Badat, master calligrapher and scholar for a conversation about the meaning of Islamic calligraphy. Badat explains calligraphy not just as a craft but as a means of transmitting and glorifying sacred knowledge.  He shares fascinating on the making of calligraphers  - the way in which the  long training process is as much about spiritual and character development as it is about the production of great art. 
     
    This podcast is part of Converging Paths, an initiative organised by Asia House in partnership with the Barakat Trust that promotes the arts and cultures of the Islamic World.

    • 38 min
    The Jewel of Damascus - Alain George and Juan de Lara

    The Jewel of Damascus - Alain George and Juan de Lara

    Alain George shares his most recent book research on the Mosque of Damascus, an incredible building in Syria that is a living testament to better our understanding of community relations between Pagans, Christians and Muslims during the formative years of Islam.

    This podcast is part of Converging Paths, an initiative organised by Asia House in partnership with the Barakat Trust that promotes the arts and cultures of the Islamic World.

    • 29 min
    Epic Iran - Tim Stanley and Juan de Lara

    Epic Iran - Tim Stanley and Juan de Lara

    Tim Stanley, co-curator of the blockbuster exhibition 'Epic Iran' at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, shares with us the challenges of putting together such ambitious exhibition, and the rewarding effect it has caused around the public. The show is the major survey on Iranian art history since 1931, and is pioneer by the inclusion of art from pre-history to modern times, evidencing the long continuum of artistic production that the nation has experienced.

    • 38 min

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