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Sir David delivers landmark keynote at the University of Cambridge

28 May 2024

Sir David Khalili delivered a landmark keynote lecture to the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge on 23rd May. The lecture titled “The Art of Peace”, based on Sir David’s recently published autobiography of the same name, took the audience on the journey of a collector whose primary purpose has always been to […]

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Professor Sir David Khalili Meets With Ban Ki-moon for Inaugural Human Rights Lecture at Oxford University’s Kellogg College

21 May 2024

On Thursday, 2 May at Kellogg College, Oxford University, Ban Ki-moon, who as UN Secretary General (2007–2016) played a major role in securing the Paris Climate Agreement and promoting the Sustainable Development Goals, was elected as a Kellogg Fellow. Ban Ki-moon visited Kellogg to deliver the Inaugural Human Rights Lecture: Human Rights in a Fractured […]

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Save the Date: ‘The Art of Peace’ Keynote Lecture by Professor Sir David Khalili

23 April 2024

Welcome to our hybrid event at the University of Cambridge, where we will delve into the Art of Peace! Join us on Thu May 23 2024 at 17:15 GMT+0100 for an insightful and inspiring keynote lecture at the Faculty of Divinity and Zoom. Discover the power of peace and learn how to cultivate it in […]

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Discover ‘The Art of Peace’ by Sir David Khalili: A Journey through Art, Available on Kindle

4 April 2024

Available for download now via Amazon, this digital edition makes Sir David Khalili’s inspiring life story and profound insights into the art world accessible at your fingertips. Don’t miss the opportunity to delve into one of the most captivating autobiographies of the year, wherever and whenever you prefer.

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Commonwealth Secretariat and Khalili Foundation launch youth-led peace ambassadors initiative

20 March 2024

The Commonwealth Faith Festival, launched by the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC and Professor Sir Nasser David Khalili, Chairman of the Khalili Foundation, aims to foster collaboration and understanding among youth, peacebuilding, faith, and community groups across the Commonwealth. This initiative, part of a collaborative effort between the Khalili Foundation and the Commonwealth Secretariat, seeks […]

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Assassin’s Creed Mirage showcases five breathtaking Khalili Collection artworks

18 March 2024

In the latest installment of the renowned video game series, Assassins’ Creed Mirage, players are treated to an immersive journey through history, where the rich tapestry of Islamic art comes to life. Among the many treasures featured in the game are five stunning artworks from the esteemed Khalili Foundation collection, each offering a glimpse into […]

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Khalili Foundation launch the Commonwealth Faith Festival at Marlborough House

23 February 2024

On February 2024, amidst esteemed guests including Commonwealth High Commissioners, religious leaders, academics, and youth ambassadors, the 2024 Commonwealth Faith Festival was inaugurated by the Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC, alongside our Founder, Sir David Khalili. The festival, themed ‘Peacebuilding through Faith,’ featured roundtable discussions aimed at identifying key focus areas and […]

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Bradford Literature Festival’s Pick of the Week- The Art of Peace

6 February 2024

We are thrilled to share that “The Art of Peace” by Sir David Khalili has been chosen as the Pick of the Week at the Bradford Literature Festival. The tweet reads:“This week’s #PickOfTheWeek is ‘The Art of Peace’ by Sir David Khalili. Chosen by our CEO and AD, Syima Aslam. This book offers rich insights […]

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Sir David Khalili appointed Honorary Fellow at Cambridge University

1 February 2024

In recognition of his outstanding scholarly achievements, Sir David was in January 2024 appointed Honorary Fellow at the University of Cambridge via its Centre for Resilience and Sustainable Development (CRSD). “Sir David’s outstanding academic achievements and the depth of his scholarly pursuits have caught the attention of our esteemed institution”, said Prof Nazia M Habib, Founder and Director of […]

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The Art Of Peace by Sir David Khalili Out Now

2 November 2023

In 1967, Sir David Khalili finished his military service in Iran and travelled to study in the United States with $750 – his remaining royalties from a book he wrote when he was just 14. Over the course of the next five decades he single-handedly, piece by piece, assembled eight of the finest art collections […]

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A group of Ashmolean’s Meiji Cloisonné masterpieces were presented in honour of His Majesty King Charles III

14 October 2023

A number of fine Meiji period Japanese Cloisonné masterpieces have been presented to the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford by Sir David and Lady Khalili. They were presented in honour of His Majesty King Charles III; The Rt. Hon Lord Patten of Barnes; The Rt Hon Baroness Amos of Brondesbury; Professor Dame Louise Richardson; Professor Irene Tracey; […]

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Hajj And The Arts Of Pilgrimage

23 May 2022

ASSOULINE SPRING 2022 LEGENDS COLLECTION HAJJ AND THE ARTS OF PILGRIMAGE Text by Qaisra M. Khan, foreword by Professor Sir Nasser David Khalili   “The first House [of worship] to be established for people was the one at Mecca. It is a blessed place; a source of guidance for all people.” — The Qur’an, Surah […]

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We are honoured to announce the publication of three new titles as part of ongoing Islamic series

9 May 2022

Volume XI (in four parts) Brasses, Bronze and Silver of the Islamic Lands The metalwork holdings in the Khalili Collection are wide ranging and diverse, dating from the 7th century to the 20th century, and covering most of the Islamic world, from the Mediterranean to Brunei, and from Egypt to Central Asia. The Collection includes […]

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Over 100 million views for Khalili images on Wikipedia in 2023

7 January 2022

Khalili images on Wikipedia This has been a milestone year for the Khalili Collections partnership with Wikimedia UK, with the creation of more wiki content and reaching an even larger audience than in 2020. This is thanks to Dr Martin Poulter, our Wikimedian-in-Residence, who has done a phenomenal job in helping us with bulk image […]

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The Art Of Hajj

14 July 2021

Alongside the successful program on BBC click on Hajj and simultaneously In conjunction with the yearly celebration of Hajj on 17th July, we are privilege to announce an innovative website showing a selection of artworks to take you through a journey to the heart of Islam, illustrating the rich religious, spiritual, cultural and artistic heritage […]

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The Khalili Collections featured on BBC Click 

14 July 2021

The Khalili Collection’s pioneering digitisation programme was the main feature of the latest BBC Click episode titled “High-Res Hajj”. The episode coincides with the annual Hajj pilgrimage, which takes place later this week in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. As the BBC highlights, the Khalili Collections holds “the largest and most significant group of objects related to […]

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“The Democratisation of Culture”, Sir David Khalili live in conversation with Neil McGregor

25 February 2021

The Democratisation of Culture KNOWLEDGE & WISDOM Start Time 25 February 2021 5:00 pm Venue Zoom MODERATED BY: Anne McElvoy – Senior editor a The Economist, and head of Economist Radio ON THE PANEL: Professor Sir Nasser David Khalili – globally-renowned scholar, collector and pioneer of cultural philanthropy. His mission is to promote intercultural and […]

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Professor Nasser David Khalili awarded knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list

12 October 2020

The Khalili Collections and the Khalili Foundation are proud to announce that our friend and founder, Professor Nasser David Khalili, has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. This award has been given in recognition of David’s lifelong contribution to cultural philanthropy, education and interfaith relations. David has asked us to pass […]

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The Khalili Collections proud to be major contributors to a new V&A Kimono Exhibition: “Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk”

29 February 2020

The Khalili Collections proud to be major contributors to a new V&A Kimono Exhibition: “Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk” 29 Feb 2020 – 1 Jun 2020 The Khalili Collections are proud to be major contributors to the current blockbuster exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum titled “Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk”. At his opening night speech, […]

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Professor Khalili delivers landmark public lecture at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

26 February 2020

The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies hosted a landmark public lecture by Professor Khalili on ‘Hajj and the Arts of Pilgrimage’ on Wednesday 26th February. The Khalili ‘Hajj and the Arts of Pilgrimage’ Collection – comprising approximately 4500 objects related to Hajj and the two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah – is considered by […]

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“Masterpieces of the World” – A Landmark Partnership between Wikimedia UK and the Khalili Collections

28 October 2019

Wikimedia UK has launched a landmark partnership with the UK-based Khalili Collections – one of the greatest and most comprehensive private collections in the world. As part of the “Masterpieces of the World” project, the Khalili Collections will initially provide a Creative Commons license to several high resolution images, as well as to summaries of […]

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Historic Partnership launched between Google Cultural Institute and the Khalili Collections

28 October 2019

Google Arts & Culture has launched a historic partnership with the UK-based Khalili Collections – one of the greatest and most comprehensive private collections in the world. Viewers will now be able to use Google Arts & Culture features – such as browsing for art by year, colour or geographical origin – to explore the […]

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The Khalili Collections Reunites Landmark Imperial Japanese Garniture – Said to be The Largest Examples of Cloisonné Enamel Ever Made – After Over 120 Years

12 April 2019

The Khalili Collections are proud to announce the reuniting of a landmark Japanese garniture, last seen in complete formation over 120 years ago at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, which attracted 27 million visitors, which at the time was almost half the American population. The three-piece enamel garniture in the Palace of Fine […]

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Longing for Mecca – with a major contribution from the Khalili Collections – opens at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam

4 April 2019

The Khalili Collections is proud to be the major contributor to a landmark exhibition on the Hajj at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam. Longing for Mecca offers a unique insight into the Hajj, Islam’s most important pilgrimage and one of the world’s biggest religious, spiritual and cultural phenomena. The exhibition is on display until 12th January […]

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Professor Khalili opens the “Splendours of Imperial Japan” exhibition at the Guimet Museum in Paris.

16 October 2018

The Khalili Collections is proud to be the major contributor to a landmark exhibition at the Guimet Museum in Paris to mark the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration. This exhibition addresses various aspects of the modernization of Japan and the internationalization of artistic production through different artistic techniques. It includes, among other things, examples […]

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Hajj & the Arts of Pilgrimage | The Khalili Collections

12 September 2018

To mark the end of the Islamic month of Dhu’l Hijjah, we are delighted to share with you our new short film: “Hajj and the Arts of Pilgrimage“. We hope you find it enriching. With best wishes Professor Nasser D. Khalili Founder, The Khalili Collections

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National Treasures – The Art of Collecting

20 February 2018

Dearest Friends, We are delighted to announce that on the 21st February at 8pm, Sky Arts (channel 122) will broadcast a documentary about Prof. Khalili’s journey as a collector. Titled The Art of Collecting, the film will highlight multiple objects from the Eight Khalili Collections as National Treasures. We hope you enjoy watching it . […]

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BEYOND IMAGINATION Treasures of Imperial Japan from the Khalili Collection 19th to early 20th century

5 July 2017

BEYOND IMAGINATION Treasures of Imperial Japan from the Khalili Collection 19th to early 20th century 5 July 2017 – 1 October 2017 The Moscow Kremlin Museums opened this exhibition presenting Japanese applied and decorative art of the 19th to early 20th century from The Khalili Collection. A variety of world famous Japanese kimono, unsurpassed samples […]

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Professor David Khalili speaking at SOAS on the preservation of history through art collecting

16 November 2016

SOAS Honorary Fellow Professor Nasser David Khalili, KSS, KCSS spoke on the preservation of history through art collecting at SOAS University of London on 7 December. Professor Khalili is a world renowned scholar, collector, benefactor and philanthropist as well as a successful businessman. His collections, which consist of 35,000 items, include the arts of the […]

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Power and Protection, Islamic Art and the Supernatural, Ashmolean Museum Oxford

1 November 2016

Showcasing over a hundred spectacular objects from Morocco to China, Power and Protection is the first major exhibition to explore the supernatural in the art of the Islamic world. Within Islamic societies, people of all backgrounds have engaged in fascinating and sometimes controversial practices such as the casting of horoscopes and the interpretation of omens. […]

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