Ilaria Gianfranceschi

Library Assistant



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Ilaria is a Library Assistant at the Aga Khan Library, London. She holds a BA in Languages, Cultures and Societies of Asia and Mediterranean Africa from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. Here, she specialised in Middle Eastern studies with Arabic and Turkish language studies. Her dissertation explored the luxury trade between Venice and Constantinople in the 16th century. Also, she has recently completed a MA in the History of Art and Architecture of the Islamic Middle East at SOAS, with her research work focusing on Ottoman architecture and its relations to the Mediterranean. Ilaria's role at the Aga Khan Library is to ensure its upkeep and help students and researchers with their queries. Her work includes outreach and promotional activities through projects such as the Aga Khan Library Tunes on Spotify, the upcoming Aga Khan Library movie nights, and content creation on social media.​