China

Last month I had the pleasure of teaching at the Jia Yuan Hall Prince’s Foundation School for Traditional Arts in Suzhou, China. This was an extraordinary trip. So much so that I hardly know where to begin in describing the … Continue reading

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Jeddah

First day of workshops at the House of Traditional Arts, Jeddah. Photo credit: Art Jameel A very happy New Year to all my followers! May 2019 bring you abundant happiness, peace, prosperity, and many, many blessings. Mine looks to be a … Continue reading

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NEW Illumination Courses 2019

1-week intensive Islamic manuscript illumination course, 4 – 8 Feb 2019 5 Saturday Islamic manuscript illumination course, 23 Feb – 3 March 2019 These new Islamic art courses are designed for students who would like to delve deep into the … Continue reading

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Cairo

Here are some photos from last month’s workshop at the Jameel House of Traditional Arts in Fustat, Cairo. I spent a week teaching students about biomorphic design in Islamic art (also known as islimi). The workshops were run by the … Continue reading

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Padshahnama Course and Visit to the Royal Collection, Windsor

I am very excited to announce that I will be teaching the following course with the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in February 2018: This course focuses on the shamsa, or sunburst motif, found in The Padshahnama, a manuscript depicting … Continue reading

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New Course at the Yunus Emre Institute in London, October 2017

Tezhip workshop at the Yunus Emre Institute, London I’m looking forward to teaching this new course at the Yunus Emre Institute in London next month. Please see below for details: For centuries, Muslim artists have used gold, ink, and brightly … Continue reading

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Ijaza

Earlier this year, I was in Istanbul working on a very special project. For over 10 years, I have been working towards a traditional apprenticeship in tezhib (the art of Islamic manuscript illumination). The Turkish and Arabic term given to … Continue reading

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Exhibition at La Galleria Nazionale, Rome

Last month, I was invited to exhibit four of my paintings at La Galleria Nazionale in Rome. This exhibition occurred alongside a month-long series of workshops and events with Una Moschea Per Roma, during which I delivered an Islamic art … Continue reading

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Workshop at La Galleria Nazionale, Rome

Demonstrating Islamic art drawing and paining techniques at La Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome Last month, I spent a week in Rome delivering workshops with Una Moschea Per Roma, and my friend and colleague Shaheen Kasmani. The workshops … Continue reading

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Feature in Norwegian daily newspaper: Vårt Land

Many thanks to Heidi Marie Lindekleiv of Norwegian daily Vårt Land for this beautiful and insightful article on the revival of Islamic arts in Europe. Last month, Heidi interviewed Khaled Azzam from the The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, and myself. I … Continue reading

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