Amal Al Khedairy

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Amal Al Khedairy (born 1928)[1] is an Iraqi academic, lecturer, scholar,[2] art historian[3] and founder and director of the cultural centre "Al Beit Al Iraqi" ("The Iraqi House") in Baghdad.[1][4] The centre would focus mostly on reviving Iraqi crafts and finding new avenues for them, as well as concerts and lectures; being the only institution of its kind in Baghdad to do so during the 90's.[4] It was the only private center in Iraq focusing on Iraqi craft and heritage in Baghdad during the mid eighties until the fall of Baghdad 9. April, 2003.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Damascus, Syria to a Syrian mother and well-known Iraqi father, Yasseen Al Khedairy, whose family has deep roots in Iraq since the 15th century.[1] Her father's family are connected to the Shammar tribe who originated from Najd in the Arabian Peninsula.[1] They later settled in the old quarter of Baghdad, close to the Gailani Mosque in the Bab Al Sheikh district, where her father would build a home later to become Amal's "Al Beit Al Iraqi" in 1988;[4] which was destroyed in a bombing by the American forces during the 2003 invasion of Iraq on April 4, 2003.

She studied at the University of London in the 1950s and also in Lausanne, Switzerland.[1]

Fluent in Arabic, English and French, with conversational Turkish and Spanish, Khedairy has been a lecturer at both the University of Baghdad, in the College of Architecture and the Women's College.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Mrs. Al Khedairy has one son, Munir El-Kadi (born 1970) who resides in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She currently resides between Amman, Jordan and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Amal Al-Khedairy Biography
  2. ^ "Edgy artist Max Schwartz brings poetry to Melbourne". Retrieved 2010-12-24. 
  3. ^ "Iraq Coalition". Intersect Worldwide. Retrieved 2010-12-24. 
  4. ^ a b c Amal Al-Khedairy by Jyiis. Retrieved 2014-07-16.