Oud, Darbuka & Music Literacy

Taqasim Music School, founded by Iraqi Oud Master Ahmed Mukhtar, was established in 2011 to teach one of the most significant Oriental instruments called Oud, among other instruments and disciplines that represent Middle Eastern Music. The school also introduced Darbuka lessons in spring 2017.

Seven Centuries of Blood and Beauty: Islamic Art and Architecture in Spain

For nearly 800 years Arabs ruled in the Iberian Peninsula (711–1492). They have left behind an array of remarkable artistic achievements that still today can be admired from major cities to small villages. Cordoba with the breathtaking Mosque, Seville with the influence from North Africa and Granada with the unsurpassed beauty of the Alhambra palace will be the main themes, but some time will be dedicated also to the art of the Mudéjares, the Muslim artists and artisans, who were allowed to remain in Spain after the Reconquista by the Catholic Kings.

Arabic Language

Our Arabic language classes are taught by Ibrahim Othman who has several years’ experience of teaching Arabic at a variety of levels, both in his native Syria and in the UK. Each course costs £145 and your place will be confirmed once payment is complete. Scroll down for the descriptions and contents of the courses.

Manuscript Kufic Calligraphy

Kufi was the first Arabic script to be consciously made beautiful, an unlike the later round scripts with their strict rules, it can be constantly reinvented and is not tied to any given tool or medium. Students, then, can benefit from the same creative freedom that the earliest calligraphers enjoyed, and find their own approach to the art of Arabic calligraphy.