We would like to express our gratitude to

OFID - The OPEC Fund for International Development




who are generously sponsoring this ongoing project and are providing The Center for Translation Studies of the

University of Vienna



with the funding required for the respective academic courses. Without this aid the project could not be realised. We owe sincere thanks to

AACC - Austro Arab Chamber of Commerce



having promoted the initial stage of this project.

We also owe many thanks to the experts and curators and the institutions listed below for their repeated and encouraging advice and indispensable assistance, making availble slides and text material regarding the objects now figuring on this website, and arranging for permission to be obtained for showing them in this virtual museum.

ÖNB –Austrian National Library 
  Dr. Ernst Gamillscheg 
  Dr. Andreas Fingernagel


MAK - Museum für Angewandte Kunst - Museum for Applied Arts 
  Dr. Johannes Wieninger


KHM - Kunsthistorische Museum Wien - Museum of Fine Arts 
  Dr. Matthias Pfaffenbichler
  Dr. Katja Schmitz-von Ledebur


Museum für Völkerkunde - Museum of Ethnology 
  Dr. Christian Feest
  Dr. Axel Steinmann


Museum of Military History 
  Mag. Dr. M. Christian Ortner
  Dr. Christoph Hatschek


Musée du Louvre Paris, France


Carpet Museum of Iran, Tehran 
  Parisa Beyzaee


The National Museum of Iran, Tehran 
  Masoomeh Ahmadi


Staatliche Museen zu Berlin 


Musée du Bardo 


Dar al-Makhtutat (House of Manuscripts)
Sanna´a, Republic of Yemen
  Ursula Dreibholz


Museum of Jordan Folklore and Jewelry
  Huda Kilani


Material and Texts taken from Catalogues and/or Scientific Publications:

Ursula Dreibholz
Hefte zur Kulturgeschichte des Jemen, Band 2 
Early Quran Fragments from the Great Mosque in Sana´a 
Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Sana'a Yemen

Prince Karim Aga Khan IV is well-known for owning one of the most illustrious collections of Islamic Art, going to be housed in a newly constructed museum to be opened to the public in 2013. We obtained permission from the custodian of part of the collection temporarily shown in Berlin (Martin-Gropius-Bau) to show some of the objects on our website. You will find the acronym AKTC (Aga Khan Trust for Culture) under every such object. The accompanying texts were taken from the catalogue of the Berlin exhibition with the respective initials for their authors.

Dorothea Duda 
Die Illuminierten Handschriften der ÖNB
Islamische Handschriften I
Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie
der Wissenschaften, Wien 1983 (Tafeln)

Fuat Sezgin
Wissenschaft und Technik im Islam 
Institut für Geschichte der Arabisch-Islamischen Wissenschaften an der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main 2003