Saad Mahmud Al-Jadir was born in Baghdad in 1941. After leaving school he continued his studies at the Moscow Architectural Institute and was awarded a Ph.D in Urban Studies in 1969. Since then he has worked on a number of regional and town planning projects in Greece, Libya, Algeria and Abu Dhabi.
Over the last thirty years, Dr. Al-Jadir has combined his activities as a town planner with a passion for Islamic Silver that has seen him build up a collection of over 11,000 artefacts.Gallery These include items of jewellery, utensils, ornaments, coins, arms ans seals from all over the Islamic world. Parts of this unique collection have been seen at exhibitions in Lisbon, Khartoum, Riyadh, Stockholm and Kuala Lumpur. Regrettably, however, most of the pieses have never left the European Bank vaults in which thery are currently stored.
Not content with being a mere collector, Dr. Al-Jadir has done a great deal of research in the field of Islamic Silver. He has also published a number of articles and books, notably Arab and Islamic Silver, (Stacey International, London 1881), Decorations on Silver and Manuscripts among Muslims, (King Faisal Centre for research and Islamic Studies, Riyadh 1988), Islamiskt Silver, (Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm 1989) and Silver and Islamic Smithing Techniques, (Casablanca 1993).
© Saad Al Jadir 2012