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Stefan Weber

 

Stefan Weber ist seit Dezember 2001 als Referent am Orientinstitut tätig. Als Islamwissenschaftler mit historischer und kunsthistorischer Ausrichtung arbeitet er seit mehreren Jahren zu osmanischer Geschichte und Architektur in Bilad ash-Sham. Er betreut das Institutsprojekt zu Tripoli und koordiniert den Forschungsschwerpunkt "Formen und Felder des Wandels im Bilad ash-Sham von der osmanischen Eroberung bis zur Besetzung durch Ibrahim Pascha (1831)."

 

Address

 

Orient-Institut Beirut gegründet von der DMG in der Stiftung DGIA
Orient-Institut, Rue Hussein Beyhum, P.O. Box. 11 - 29 88, Riad el-Solh Beirut 11 07 21 20, LEBANON. Tel.: 00961-1-37 29 40 / 37 65 98, ext. 105, Fax: 37 65 99, mobile 03-524859 weber@oidmg.org

 

 

Curriculum vitae

 

Stefan Weber, Ph.D. *1967

 

 

 


 

Academic Background

 

July 2001

 

PhD. in Islamic Studies under supervision of Professor Gudrun Krämer / Free University of Berlin and Professor Dorothée Sack / Technical University Berlin. Title: "Zeugnisse Kulturellen Wandels; Stadt, Architektur und Gesellschaft des spätosmanischen Damaskus im Umbruch (1808-1918)" (Mark: Magna Cum Laude)

October 1996

Master of Arts at Bonn-University (Mark: 1,08 = excellent)

 

Employment

 

From December 2001

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Orient-Institut Beirut der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft, directing research projects on Mamluk-Ottoman Tripoli and Sidon

1998-2001

Research Fellow at the German Institute of Archaeology - Oriental Department - Office Damascus (DAI)

1996-1997

Research Assistant and Responsible for History of Islamic Art and Archaeology at the German Institute of Archaeology - Oriental Department - Office Damascus (DAI)

 

Education

 

March 1994

Diploma for Modern Arabic at the Damascus-University

1992-1993

Tutor for reading in classical Arabic literature

Summer 1992

Two-week intensive language course in Persian in Köln admission by academic selection

Autumn 1990

Beginning of studies in Islamic Sciences (Arabic, Turkish and Persian) and History of Islamic Art, University of Bonn

 

Organisation or Grants of Workshops, Summer schools and Conferences

 

Berlin
July 1997

Grant for the Summer-School 'Islam and Modernity, "Processes and Counterprocesses of Modernisation", organised by the working-group 'Islam und Moderne' and the Academy of Advanced Studies in Berlin

 

Beirut
April / Mai 1999

Organisation of the international conference "Arab Provincial Capitals in the Late Ottoman Empire " together with Thomas Philipp and Jens Hanssen.

 

Berlin
September 2000

Grant for the Summer-School ''History and Historiography: New Approaches and Perspectives", organised by the working-group 'Islam und Moderne' and the Academy of Advanced Studies in Berlin

 

Aix-en-Provence
September 2001

Grant for the Summer-School "Cartographie informatique et recherches en histoire urbaine" by the Ecole française de Rome et la Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme, Aix-en-Provence

 

Beirut
February 2002

Organisation of the international workshop: "The Early Period of Ottoman Rule in Bilad al-Sham: Internal Change, Integration into the Empire, Contacts with Europe" together with Thomas Philipp.

 

Damascus
October 2002

Organisation of the Ecole doctorale d'été "Analyse spatiale et histoire urbaine Constructions territoriales et temporalités urbaines : outiller les historiens des villes" with Jean-Luc Arnaud, IREMAM-MMSH (Aix-en-Provence), in cooperation with the Ecole française de Rome and the Institut français d'études arabe de Damas.

 

Beirut / Tripoli
December 2002

Organisation of the international workshop: "About Documentation and Rehabilitation of urban Architecture and History ".

 

Beirut / Tripoli
October 2003

Organisation of the international workshop: "Documentation and Restoration in a Middle Eastern Bazar : the Suq Haraj and its Urban Environment."

 

Beirut / Damascus
Mai/June 2004

Organisation of the international conference: "Recent Research on Bilad al-Sham under Ottoman Rule (1517-1918): The Last Three Decades of Historiography; Periodization and Patterns of Social History, General Trends." together with Thomas Philipp, Andre Raymond, Peter Sluglett, Leila Fawaz and Sarab Atassi.

 

Istanbul
July 2004

Grant for the UCLA Summer Institute "Constructing the Past in the Middle East". Funded by the Getty Grant Program , in partnership with UCLA's International Institute and the Office of Summer Sessions , with cooperation of Istanbul Bilgi University .

 

Beirut

December 2004

Co-Organisation of the International conference: "Mapping Out the Eastern Mediterranean - New Approaches to the Study of Merchant Cities." organized by the Institute for Advanced Studies Berlin and the Orient Institute in Beirut

 

Balamand/Beirut
Mai 2005

Organisation of the international conference: "Towards a cultural history of Bilad al-Sham in the Mamluk Era: Social realities and cultural production with a special focus on Christians in Mamluk Syria and Lebanon." Together with the Department of History at the University of Balamand . (Report)

 

Beirut
Dezember 2005

Co-Organization of the international training workshop "Social Change and Identity in Muslim Societies" organized by ISIM and SEPHIS Leiden/NL.

 

Service to Profession

 

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Member of the 'International Council on Monuments and Sites' (ICOMOS).

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Board member of the 'Syrian Studies Association' (SSA).

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Member of the 'Historians of Islamic Art' (HIA), Ernst-Herzfeld-Gesellschaft, Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA), the Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft (DMG) and Deutscher Arbeitskreis Vorderer Orient (DAVO)

 

Projects

 

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"Musée Historique de Saida" in the Palais Debbané (Sidon, 18th century): research and conception of the museum. Period of research: 15th to 18th century.

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Urban Heritage Database with 31 000 mostly indexed pictures of Middle Eastern cities (including several hundreds unpublished historical photographs), connected to a GIS system (to be finalized) of a fully digitized cadastral map of Sidon, Tripoli, Deir el-Qamar and Damascus.

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Actors and their urban worlds: history and architecture of Damascus, Sidon and Tripoli in Early Modern and Modern times (file 1) (file 2).

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Restoration Suq al-Haraj (Tripoli, 15th cent.): conceptualization, fundraising and study.

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Restoration of Quwatli House (Damascus, 18th / 19th cent.): documentation, assessment of damage, historical study. Period of research: 15th to 20th century.

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Restoration of Aqqad House / Danish Institute (Damascus, 15th to 20th cent.): part of the team, responsible for historical studies. Period of research: 3rd to 20th century.

 

Publications

 

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Von der osmanischen City bis zum Place de l'Etoile. Damaskus zwischen osmanischer Reform und europäischer Fremdherrschaft. Periplus, Jahrbuch für Außereuropäische Geschichte 6 (1996) 49-60 (als PDF)

 

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The Creation of Ottoman Damascus. Architecture and Urban Development of Damascus in the 16th and 17th centuries. ARAM 9 & 10 (1997-1998) 431-470

 

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L'architecture libanaise au temps des Ottomans. In: Liban l'autre rive. Exposition présentée à l'Institut du monde arabe. Paris (1998) 273-75

 

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Damaskus: Zeugnisse einer Stadt im Wandel. Ein Survey zur spätosmanischen Baugeschichte. In: K. S. Freyberger / S. Westphalen (Hrsg.) Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Damaskus, Zehn Jahre Ausgrabungen und Forschungen in Syrien, 1989 -1998. Damaskus (1999) 94-107 (arabischer Teil: Dimashq: Shawahid Madina fi Marhalat at-Tatawwul. Mash Tarikh al-'Umran al-'Uthmani al-Muta'akhkhir. 49-53)

 

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Der Marga-Platz in Damaskus - Die Entstehung eines modernen Stadtzentrums unter den Osmanen als Ausdruck strukturellen Wandels (1808-1918). Damaszener Mitteilungen 10 (1998) 291-344, Taf. 77-88: Artikel (als PDF), Anhänge (als PDF), Beilagen (als PDF)

 

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Ottoman Damascus of the 19 th century, Artistic and urban development as an expression of changing times. In: Art Turc / Turkish Art, 10 th International Congress of Turkish Art ; Genève-Geneva 17-23 September 1995. Genève (1999) 731-740 (als PDF)

 

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Hofgärten in Syrien. In: Ch. von Hantelmann (Hrsg.), Gärten des Orients, Paradiese auf Erden (1999) 58-85

 

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The Transformation of an Arab-Ottoman Institution: The Suq (Bazaar) of Damascus from the 16 th to the 20 th Century. In: N. Akin, A. Batur, S. Batur (eds.), 7 Centuries of Ottoman Architecture . "A Supra-National Heritage" . Istanbul (2000) 244-253 (als PDF)

 

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Bir Arab-Osmanli Kurumunun Ortaya Çikisi: Kentsel Baglami Içinde 16.yy'in Sham Çarshisi (Suq). In: N. Akin, A. Batur, S. Batur (eds.), Osmanli Mimarliginin 7 Yüzyil, Uluslarüstü bir Miras. Istanbul (2000)

 

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Stadt als Quelle Forschungen zu Damaskus und Tripoli. In: Beiruter Blätter 8-9 (2000-2001) 74-79

 

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Damaskus. In: Dostert, A. (ed.): Stadtforschung, Projekte des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts. Berlin (2001) 20-21

 

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Damascus - a major Eastern Mediterranean site at risk. In: Heritage @ Risk Report 2001 of the 'International Council of Monuments and Sites' . München (2002) 186-188 (unter: http://www.international.icomos.org/risk/2001/syri2001.htm)

 

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Images of Imagined Worlds, Self-image and Worldview in Late Ottoman Wall Paintings. In: J. Hanssen / Th. Philipp / St. Weber (Hrsg.): The Empire in the City: Arab Provincial Capitals in the Late Ottoman Empire . BTS 88, Beirut (2002) 145-171 (als PDF)

 

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Das Tripoli-Projekt des Orient-Instituts Beirut. In: Orient-Institut der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft, Herausgegeben anlässlich seines vierzigjährigen Bestehens 2001 , Beirut (2002) 23-30

 

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Der Tripoli-Workshop 2003: Der Suq Harag und sein urbanes Umfeld. In: Beiruter Blätter 10-11 (2002-03) 31-34

 

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An Agha, a House and the City: The Debbané Museum Project and the Ottoman City of Saida, first report. In: Beiruter Blätter 10-11 (2002-03) 132-140

 

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Handeln und Wohnen in Osmanischer Zeit, Das Tripoli Projekt des Orient-Institut, Bericht über die Arbeiten 2003. In: Beiruter Blätter 10-11 (2002-03) 140-146

 

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1860-1918 Damas, une ville en Mutation. In : Architectures et villes d'Orient (1850-1950) Qantara 48 (2003) 41-43 (als PDF)

 

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An Egyptian qa'a in 16th ct. Damascus. Representative halls in late Mamluk ands early Ottoman residential architecture in Syria and Lebanon. In: Kjeld von Folsach, Henrik Thrane, Ingolf Thuesen (Hrsg.), From Handaxe to Khan, Essays presented to Peder Mortensen on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday. Aarhus (2004) 265-296 (als PDF)

 

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The Reshaping of Damascus, Architecture and Identity in an Arab-Ottoman City. In: Th. Philipp, Ch. Schumann: From the Syrian Land to the States of Syria and Lebanon. BTS 96, Beirut (2004) 41-58

 

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Walls and Ceilings. In: John Carswell (ed.): The Future of the Past. The Robert Mouawad Private Museum. Beirut (2004) 242-265

 

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St. Weber / R. Bodenstein: A House and the City, The Debbané Palace and the Ottoman City of Saida. In: Archaeology & History in the Lebanon 20 (2004) 66-74

 

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Damaskus – Gesellschaft, Struktur und Architektur einer nahöstlichen Metropole. In: Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (ed.): Orte & Zeiten, 25 Jahre archäologische Forschung in Syrien 1980-2005. Damaskus (2005) 30-37 (also available in English and Arabic) (Text) (Figures)

 

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L'aménagement urbain entre régulations ottomanes, intérêts privés et participation politique: la municipalité de Damas à la fin de l'époque ottomane (1864-1918), in Nora Lafi (Ed.), Municipalités méditerranéennes. Les réformes urbaines ottomanes au miroir d'une histoire comparée (Moyen-Orient, Maghreb, Europe méridionale), Berlin (2005) p. 173-222

 

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St. Weber / P. Mortensen: A Period of Transition: Bayt al-'Aqqad between the 15th and the 18th Century. In: Peder Mortensen (ed.), Bayt al-'Aqqad: The History and Restoration of a House in Old Damascus. Proceedings of the Danish Institute in Damascus, No. 3, Aarhus (2005) 227-278

 

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A. Meier / St. Weber: Suq al-Qutn and Suq al-Suf before 1800. Development, Organisation and Patterns of Everyday Life of a Damascene Neighbourhood. In: Peder Mortensen (ed.), Bayt al-'Aqqad: The History and Restoration of a House in Old Damascus. Proceedings of the Danish Institute in Damascus, No. 3, Aarhus (2005) 379-428

 

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J. Skovgaard-Petersen / St. Weber: Modernizing Private Space, The 'Aqqad Family and Houses in the late 19th and the 20th centuries. In: Peder Mortensen (ed.), Bayt al-'Aqqad: The History and Restoration of a House in Old Damascus. Proceedings of the Danish Institute in Damascus, No. 3, Aarhus (2005) 357-377

 

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The change of Taste: new elements of decoration in the Blue room. In: Peder Mortensen (ed.), Bayt al-'Aqqad: The History and Restoration of a House in Old Damascus. Proceedings of the Danish Institute in Damascus, No. 3, Aarhus (2005) 337-356

 

articles in print or preparation

 

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Changing cultural references, Architecture of Damascus in the Ottoman period (1516-1918). In: M. Cerasi / Atillio Petruccioli / St. Weber (ed.): Multicultural Urban Fabric and Types in the South and Eastern Mediterranean. Beirut [in print].

 

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Der Anfang vom Ende: Der Wandel lackierter Holzvertäfelungen in Damaskus des 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts. In: Julia Gonnella, Jens Kröger eds.: The “Aleppo-Zimmer” Symposium in Berlin, 12.-13. April, 2002. Kunst des Orients [in print].

 

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The Modern Fabric of Ancient Antakya: Dates, shape and styles of a minor Ottoman town. In: 1st International Antakya Symposium: Urban Archaeology, Urban Conservation [in print].

 

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The Making of an Ottoman Harbor Town, Sidon / Saida from the 16th to the 18th centuries. P. Sluglett, St. Weber, L. Fawwaz, Th. Philipp (eds.), Bilad al-Sham under Ottoman Rule (1517-1918), essays in honor of Abdul-Karim Rafeq [in preparation].

 

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Ch. Krauskopf / D. Sack / N. Salibi / St. Weber: Die Stadtgrabung im Sūq as-Sāġa in Damaskus. Die Geschichte eines urbanen Knotenpunktes von der Antike bis zu den Osmanen. Damaszener Mitteilungen [in preparation].

 

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L. Dakhly / St. Weber: A Revolution of Words and Spaces? Intellectual Thought and the City of Damascus at the Eve of the Empire. In: Ch. Schumann (ed.): The Roots of Liberal Thought in the Eastern Mediterranean [in preparation].

 

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Rebuilding the city: Damascus after Timur Lenk. In: S. Slim, A. Heinemann, St. Weber (eds.): Towards a Cultural History of Bilad al-Sham in the Mamluk Era [in preparation].

 

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Concepts of restoration, history and authenticity in old cities of today Lebanon and Syria. In: Irene Maffi & Rami Daher: Practices of Cultural Heritage in the Arab World [in planning].

 

Books:

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J. Hanssen / Th. Philipp / St. Weber (eds.): The Empire in the City: Arab Provincial Capitals in the Late Ottoman Empire. Beiruter Texte und Studien 88, Beirut (2002)

 

Forthcoming Books:

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Zeugnisse Kulturellen Wandels; Stadt, Architektur und Gesellschaft des spätosmanischen Damaskus im Umbruch (1808-1918), Electronic Journal of Oriental Studies, VII (2006), No. 5, 1-??. ISSN 0928-6802 (in preparation, 2006)

 

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Living in a changing World; Society, the City and its architecture in late Ottoman Damascus (1808-1918). In: Proceedings of the Danish Institute Damascus in cooperation with the German Institute of Archaeology - Oriental Department (in preparation, 2007)

 

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M. Cerasi / A. Petruccioli / A. Sarro / St. Weber (eds.): Multicultural Urban Fabric and Types in the South and Eastern Mediterranean. Beiruter Texte und Studien, Beirut (in preparation).

 

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St. Weber / R. Bodenstein: A House, two Families and the City: The Debbané Palace and the Ottoman City of Saida (in preparation).

 

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St. Weber, N. Chahine, R. Haddad, Y. al-Khoury, K. Börner: The Bayt al-Quwatli in Damascus, Reading & Documentation of the Monument, Vol. 1 Current Situation Diagnosis; Vol. 2 Graphical Survey; Vol. 3 Historical Analysis Proposition. Beirut (unpublished research report 2004)

 

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St. Weber (ed.): The Suq Haraj and its Urban Environment. The Restoration of a monument and the documentation of it's neighborhood . Beiruter Bätter 12-13. Beirut (2007) (in planning).

 

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P. Sluglett, St. Weber, L. Fawwaz, Th. Philipp (eds.), Bilad al-Sham under Ottoman Rule (1517-1918), essays in honor of Abdul-Karim Rafeq. In cooperation with Andre Raymond and Sarab Atassi. Brill (2007) (in preparation).

 

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