Zeina Klink-Hoppe

Phyllis Bishop curator for the Modern Middle East

Department: Middle East


+44 (0)20 7323 8474 (Bloomsbury)

Zeina joined the Museum in 2012, as a curator responsible for the Museum’s collection of ethnographic objects and textiles from the Middle East and Central Asia.

She has a degree in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology from the American University of Beirut, and obtained her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Ethnography and Museum Studies from the University of Oxford. Her Master’s thesis focussed on silver jewellery traditions in North Yemen and her Doctoral thesis explored the attire traditions of women in the Ottoman province of Mount Lebanon during the 18th and 19th centuries

Zeina has a particular interest in the late Ottoman period across the Middle East, South East Europe and North Africa, with a focus on traditional crafts and artefacts of daily life, including traditional dress and textiles, amulets and jewellery, ceramics and metalwork as well as basketry and puppetry tradition.

Her current research interests however, extend across the collection she is responsible for and include coffee and its associated traditions, Turkish shadow theatre, and textile traditions and embroidery in Central Asia, among others.

Current projects

Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic world

Life in a cup: Coffee culture in the Middle East

Previous projects

Between light and screen: The magical world of Turkish shadow theatre, exhibition, May – September 2014.


V. Porter et al,The Islamic World: A history in objects, Thames and Hudson: London, 2018.