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Dr Stefan Weber's Profile

Dr Stefan Weber is the Director of the Museum of Islamic Art at the Pergamon in Berlin, Germany. Previously, he was Assistant Professor of Material Cultures at AKU-ISMC​ from 2006 to 2008. He received his PhD in Islamwissenschaft (Middle Eastern Studies) at the Free University Berlin. Between December 1996 and November 2001 he was a Junior Research Fellow at the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) in Damascus for the History of Islamic Art and Architecture. Between 2001 and 2007 he was a postdoctoral research fellow for history and art history at the Orient-Institute Beirut (OIB).

He currently organises the research and documentation project on Tripoli and the Saida History Museum of the Debbané Foundation on urban history and the Ottoman house. He directed the restoration project of the Mamluk Suq Haraj  in Tripoli as well as other restoration and documentation studies in Syria and Lebanon and organised several summer schools and conferences on Middle Eastern history and architecture. Dr Weber is a member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).

His academic profile combines the fields of material cultures and Islamic art and history in projects ranging from Umayyad Damascus to early modern Tripoli and 17th/18th century palaces in Mt Lebanon to 19th century Ottoman art and urban history. His main curiosity lies in residential and public architecture, interior design and urban organisation (society, administration, fabric, infrastructure, and public space). This focus on the material culture of the Ottoman world serves as the key method through which Dr Weber seeks to understand actors and their daily worlds within Muslim societies.

Contact Details

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  • Weber, Stefan, (2009) Damascus, Ottoman Modernity and Urban Transformation (1808-1918). Proceedings of the Danish Institute Damascus, Aarhus. Arabic version in preparation.
  • Cerasi, M./ Petruccioli. A./ Sarro, A./ Weber, S. (eds.), (2007) 'Multicultural Urban Fabric and Types in the South and Eastern Mediterranean', Beiruter Texte und Studien, 102, Beirut
  • Weber, Stefan, (2006) 'Zeugnisse Kulturellen Wandels; Stadt, Architektur und Gesellschaft des spätosmanischen Damaskus im Umbruch (1808-1918)', Electronic Journal of Oriental Studies IX, No. 1,
    ( and Freie Universität Berlin - Digitale Dissertationen
  • Hanssen, J./ Philipp, T./ Weber S. (eds.), (2002) 'The Empire in the City: Arab Provincial Capitals in the Late Ottoman Empire', Beiruter Texte und Studien, 88, Beirut

Forthcoming Books

  • Bodenstein, R./ Weber, S., (in preparation, 2009) A House, Two Families, Three Centuries. The Debbané Palace in the Old City of Saida
  • Weber, S./ Bodenstein, R., (in preparation), 'Ottoman Sidon, The changing Fate of a Mediterranean Port City', Beiruter Texte und Studien, 122, Beirut
  • Sluglett, P./ Fawwaz, L./ Philipp, T./ Weber, S. (eds.), (in preparation, 2009), Syria and Bilad al-Sham under Ottoman Rule: Essays in Honour of Abdul-Karim Rafeq, Leiden


Articles in print or preparation

  • Weber, Stefan (in print), 'The Modern Fabric of Ancient Antakya: Dates, shape and styles of a minor Ottoman town', 1st International Antakya Symposium: Urban Archaeology, Urban Conservation.
  • Weber, Stefan (in print), 'Entangled Modernities - Multiple architectural expressions of global phenomena: the late Ottoman example', Sadria, Modjtaba, Tangible Elements of Modernities, Aga Khan Award for Architecture Seminar at AKU-ISMC
  • Weber, Stefan, (in preparation) 'The Making of an Ottoman Harbor Town, Sidon/Saida from the 16th to the 18th centuries', Sluglett P./ Weber, S./ L. Fawwaz/ Philipp, T. (eds.), Bilad al-Sham under Ottoman Rule (1517-1918), essays in honor of Abdul-Karim Rafeq
  • Krauskopf, C./ Sack, D./ Salibi, N./ Weber, S. (in preparation), 'Die Stadtgrabung im Suq as-Sagha in Damaskus, Die Geschichte eines urbanen Knotenpunktes von der Antike bis zu den Osmanen', Damaszener Mitteilungen
  • Weber, S. (in preparation), Antakya, EI, vol. 3

Research Reports

  • Weber, Stefan u.a., (2004) Results of the International Workshop "Documentation and Restoration in a Middle Eastern Bazaar: The Suq Haraj and its Urban Environment" Beirut / Tripoli , 12th to 18th of October 2003. Beirut see: Workshop 2 (2003)
  • Report on Restoration Suq Haraj  [42 pages]
  • Chahine, N., Haddad, R., al-Khoury, Y., Börner, Y., Weber, S. (2004), The Bayt al-Quwatli in Damascus, Reading & Documentation of the Monument, Bd. 1 Current Situation Diagnosis; Bd. 2 Graphical Survey; Bd. 3 Historical Analysis Proposition. Beirut
  • Weber, S./ Bodenstein R. (2003), Research on the History of an Arab-Ottoman House: the Debbané Palace in Saida and its Context, Beirut

Selected Conference/Workshop Presentations

  • Istanbul , 2005 "Constructing or rediscovering the self? Architectural urban heritage in Syria and Lebanon today" Koç Lecture at the Istanbul Archaeological Museums, following the teaching session in the Cultural Heritage Management Program of Koç University.
  • Erlangen , 2005 "Public Sphere by Public Space? The Architecture of Late Ottoman Damascus ." International conference: "The Roots of Liberal Thought in the Eastern Mediterranean ."
  • Antakiya, 2005 "Crossroad of Cultures: Urban Architecture of Antakiya and its Arabic Background."  1st International Antakya Symposium: Urban Archaeology-Urban Conservation.
  • Utrecht , 2004 "Reconstructing Beirut : Heritage Politics in Postwar Lebanon ". Annual symposium of the Dutch Middle East Studies Association: Conservation and Reconstruction of Cultural Heritage in the Islamic World (Behoud en Herstel van Cultureel Erfgoed in de Islamitische Wereld).
  • Berkeley , 2004 "Giving History Space: Architecture as a Source for the Cultural History of Ottoman Syria and Lebanon ." Centre for Middle Eastern Studies in collaboration with Architecture and Urbanism Research Colloquium. University of California Berkeley .
  • San Francicsco, 2004 "Changing Patterns - Urban Life and architecture of Tripoli during Mamluk and Ottoman rule." Middle East Studies Association of North America 38th annual meeting.
  • Salt Lake City , 2004 "Giving History Space: Architecture as a Source for the Cultural History of Ottoman Syria and Lebanon ." Middle East Centre, University of Utah.
  • Beirut, 2004 "The souks in Saida, Tripoli and Damascus , Recent historical and archaeological research", Faculte des Lettres et des sciences humaines, Le Departement d'Histoire, Université Saint-Joseph.
  • London , 2003 "Cities in Ottoman Syria and Lebanon between the 16th and early 20th century." SOAS, Department of History.
  • Trani, 2003 "The Spine of the Middle Estern City . Some thoughts on the Suq (Bazaar)." ISUF, International Conference: "The Planned City?" July 3-6, 2003.
  • Paris , 2002 "Back to the mountains: Palaces and castles in the Bilad ash-Sham in Ottoman times." U.F.R. d'Art et d'Archéologie of the Université de Paris-IV - Sorbonne.
  • Tours, 2001 "The Successful Search for a New Style: Central-hall Buildings in Damascus and their Social-Geographical Context." International Colloquium URBAMA-Tours ( France ): "The Architectural and Urban Heritage of the Levant ".
  • Genoa, 2001  "Public Open Space in the Eastern Mediterranean ." International Seminar of the University of Genoa : "History and Design in the Mediterranean : Design Criteria for the Rehabilitation of the Historical Quarters."
  • Boston, 2001 "Changing Urban Environment: Residential and Public Architecture in late Ottoman Damascus." Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Harvard, 2001 "Architectural expressions of the Age of the A'yan: Palaces and trade buildings in the Bilad ash-Sham during the 18th Century." Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University .
  • Istanbul, 1999  "The Transformation of an Arab-Ottoman Institution: The Suq (Bazaar) of Damascus from the 16th to the 20th Century." International Conference by the Turkish Chamber of Architects: "7 Centuries of Ottoman Architecture - A Supra-National Heritage."