Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Centre for Culture and Research
BY ANAAM IKRAM
Built on the same land that was once home to the late Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammad Al Khalifa, the eponymous culture and research centre consists of restored houses of influential figures that helped shaped the history of Bahrain.
Located in the heart of Muharraq, the centre opened its doors in 2002 as a forum for debate and discussion of cultural, social and political issues. Founded by Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammad Al Khalifa, the centre has played host to over 200 artists, speakers, philosophers and poets to share their work and ideas since it’s opening.
Voted as one of the fifty strongest Arab women by Forbes Magazine, Shaikha Mai, historian and scholar herself, has written numerous books on the history of Bahrain. Her work and accomplishments have earned her many prestigious awards such as the Distinguished Arab Woman prize in the field of Administrative Leadership by the Centre of Woman Studies in Paris, France, among others. Launching the initiative, Shaikha Mai has worked diligently to restore these houses to reflect the culture of Bahrain and serve as a timeline of the Kingdom’s history. From the Shaikh Ebrahim house with an added extension of a 300-seat auditorium, which opened in 2008, to Mohammad Bin Faris Sut Music house, Bu Zaboon house and Bin Matar house, the centre has successfully restored around 10 houses in Muharraq and Manama.
Born in the mid-nineteenth century, Shaikh Ebrahim’s childhood guided him towards finding solace in the words of knowledge and poetry.
Well educated in the literature, language, and history, Shaikh Ebrahim devoted his life to gaining knowledge. His pursuits for wisdom lead him to acquiring many books from the Arab world and abroad, which inevitably contributed to his private library at his majlis. Visited by pioneers, scholars and intellectuals from across the globe, his majlis became a common place for various discussions. Shaikh Ebrahim sought to improve the education system in Bahrain, thus is it apt that a centre be opened to honour the great leader in the field of education, social sciences and culture.
Over the issues, Perle Magazine will take a close look at the restored houses to delve deeper into the rich history of Bahrain.
- Shaikh Ebrahim Bin Mohammad Al Khalifa Centre for Culture and Research
- Abdullah Al Zayed House for Bahraini Press Heritage and Extension
- Mohammad Bin Faris Sut Music House and Mohammad Bin Faris Music Hall
- Ibrahim Al Arrayed House of Poetry
- Kurar House
- Bin Matar House – Memory of the Place
- Heraf Al Diyar
- The Nukhidhah House
- Bu Zaboon House
- Bait Jamsheer
The restoration also includes the addition of:
- Nuzul Guest House
- Iqra Children’s Library
- Vertical Garden
- Water Garden
- Lukmatina restaurant
- The Coffee House
- Bait Khalaf – Memory of Manama
- The future projects include the reconstruction of:
- Memory of the House
- Hijazi House
- House of poet Ghazi Al Gosaibi
- Lou’Lou Cinema
- House of Architectural Heritage
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