The remarkable Fatimid dynasty built one of the world’s oldest universities, compiled one of its greatest libraries, and fostered a flowering of the arts and sciences. At its height in the 10th and 11th centuries, the Fatimids established one of the greatest civilizations in the world, influencing knowledge and culture throughout the Mediterranean, Europe, and the Near East.
Join the Aga Khan Museum’s Director of Collections and Public Programs, Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis, as she reveals the cross-cultural connections in Fatimid art.
Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis is the first to hold the position of Director of Collections and Public Programs at the Aga Khan Museum. She is a well-known figure in the field with more than 20 years of experience as a curator and strategic advisor for museum and cultural projects. She holds a PhD in Islamic Art from the University of Edinburgh, and most recently served as Co-Director at the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization as well as Senior Strategic Advisor to the Sharjah Museums Department in the United Arab Emirates (2007–2017). She began her career in Scotland, where she worked as Principal Curator for South Asia and the Middle East at the National Museums of Scotland (1999–2007) and Curator for Muslim Art and Culture at Glasgow Museums (1994–1999). Currently, she leads a team of subject-matter specialists and program managers to establish a strategically cohesive and sustainable set of audience-focused programs and initiatives devised to further the Museum’s mandate and role locally, nationally, and internationally within the framework of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) more generally.