WELCOME TO THE ENGLISH VERSION !
Austria has a long tradition of
connections with the Islamic world. Flourishing trade in the
Middle Ages and diplomatic relations of the Austrian Emperors
led to Vienna ’s vast collections of splendid works of Islamic
art. In the 19th century Austria ’s capital played a leading
role in Oriental Studies and was home to various exhibitions.
Furthermore, the Vienna World Fair of 1873 provided an
outstanding opportunity for an exchange of culture and the arts.
The idea of the ‘Virtual Museum of Islamic Art’ was to provide a
platform to introduce exceptional objects of Islamic art
collected in Vienna during the course of time. The project was
initiated in German language by Prof. Dr. Ebba Koch and her
students at Vienna University .
Following the very successful launching of the virtual Museum we
approached the Center for Translation Studies of the University
of Vienna for a version in English. The AACC (Austro-Arab
Chamber of Commerce) very generously sponsored this project to
permit its inclusion into the academic curriculum.
In successive sessions and after visiting the respective
museums, selected texts were rephrased in English by Karima
Elsayed, Elisabeth López-Semeleder, Aldiana Medjodović and
Sandra Pulzer under the supervision of Dr. Annelies Glander,
edited by Ebba Koch and linked to the website by Amely Haslauer