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Prof. Dr. Stefan Weber


Director (Museum für Islamische Kunst)


Museum für Islamische Kunst

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Since 2009 Director of the Museum for Islamic Art, Berlin.
Since 2016 Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Art History at Freie Universität Berlin.
2007–2009 Assistant Professor at the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations at Aga Khan Universty, London.
2001–2007 Senior Fellow in Islamic Art, Architecture and Society at the Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft, Beirut.
2001–2007 Lecturer at the American University of Beirut and Lebanese University in Beirut.
2001 PhD Thesis defense and completion on the subject of “Testimonies of Cultural Change: Changing City, Architecture and Society of Late Ottoman Damascus (1808-1908)” in the Department of Islamic Art at Freie Universität Berlin in the supervision of Prof. Dr. Gudrun Krämer und Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dorothée Sack (Technische Universität Berlin).
1996–2001 Junior Fellow in Islamic Architecture and Acheology at the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Damascus.
1996 Master of Arts in Islamic Science (Arabic, Persian, Turkish) and Oriental Art History at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn.


  • Since 2023 Member of the Advisory Board of the Max von Oppenheim Foundation
  • Since 2023 Member of the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco
  • 2016 until 2017: Member of the think tank ”Immigration Society“ by the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation.
  • 2015 until 2016: Member of the think tank “Islamism and Islamophobia – Recommendations for Action for the German Federal Government” by the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation.
  • Since 2016: Member of the advisory council of the Ernst Herzfeld Society for Studies of Islamic Art.
  • Since 2014: Corresponding member of the German Archeological Institute.
  • Since 2011: Member of the standing international committee ”International Congress of Turkish Art“.
  • Since 2009: Member of the academic advisory council of the Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Istanbul.
  • Since 2009: Member of the research programme “Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe“ run by the Forum Transregionale Studien formally by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Fritz Thyssen Foundation, and Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.
  • Since 1999: Member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).
  • Since 1998: Member of the Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft.
  • 1998 until 2007: Member of the executive board of the Syrian Studies Association.


  • Damascus, Ottoman Modernity and Urban Transformation (1808-1918). Proceedings of the Danish Institute Damascus, Aarhus University Press (2009), 2 Vol.
  • Multicultural Urban Fabric and Types in the South and Eastern Mediterranean. M. Cerasi / A. Petruccioli / A. Sarro / St. Weber (eds.) (Beiruter Texte und Studien; 102), Beirut 2007.
  • The Empire in the City: Arab Provincial Capitals in the Late Ottoman Empire. „Images of Imagined Worlds, Self-image and Worldview in Late Ottoman Wall Paintings”. J. Hanssen / Th. Philipp / St. Weber (eds.). (Beiruter Texte und Studien; 88), Beirut 2002.
  • St. Weber, A. Becker and D. Erduman-Calis: Crossroads. Cultural Exchange between the Islamic Civilization, Europe and Beyond, catalog for the exhibition in Sharjah from 15.Nov.2018 until 27.Apr.2019, Sharjah (2018)
  • "Pulling the Past into the Present: Curating Islamic Art in a Changing World, a Perspective from Berlin", International Journal of Islamic Architecture (IJIA), special issue “Installing Islamic Art: Interior Space and Temporary Imagination” Vol. 7, Issue 2 (2018) 237-261.
  • Early Capitals of Islamic Culture; The Artistic Legacy of Umayyad Damascus and Abbasid Baghdad (650–950). Exhibition catalog in Englisch und Arabisch; St. Weber, U. al-Khamis, S. Kamel (eds.); München (2014).
  • Islamic Art and the Museum - Approaches to Art and Archaeology of the Muslim World in the Twenty-First Century; B. Junod, G. Khalil, St. Weber, G. Wolf (eds.); London (2013).
  • Syria and Bilad al-Sham under Ottoman Rule, essays in honor of Abdul-Karim Rafeq; P. Sluglett, St. Weber (eds.), Leiden-Boston (2010).
  • The Making of an Ottoman Harbor Town, Sidon / Saida from the 16th to the 18th centuries. P. Sluglett, St. Weber (eds.), Syria and Bilad al-Sham under Ottoman Rule, essays in honor of Abdul-Karim Rafeq, Leiden-Boston (2010) 179-239.

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Staff of the Museum für Islamische Kunst

Here, the employees of the different branches of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin introduce themselves, providing some information about their professional backgrounds and their main areas of work.