Master theses


– in preparation

Sophia ABPLANALP: Die Lüsterfliesen-Ausstattung des Imāmzādeh Yaḥyā in Warāmin, Iran [The lustre tile design in the Imamzadeh Yahya, Varamin, Iran]

Mirjam HANNEN: Das Motiv der Bäume in früher safawidischer Buchillustration [Tree motifs in early Safavid book illustration]

Luana SCHÄFER: The illustrations of the 1334 Maqāmāt in the Austrian National Library, A.F. 9

Nurefşan ÜLKER, Die Darstellung der osmanischen Sultane im physiognomischen Traktat Şemailname der Bilderhandschrift H.O. 25 (um 1590, Wien, ÖNB) [The Image of the Ottoman Sultans in the Physiognomic Treatise Şemailname of the Illustrated Manuscript H.O. 25 (c. 1590, Vienna, Austrian National Library, c. 1590)]


– finished


Ajla BAJRAMOVIC: Orientalizing architecture in Northeastern Bosnia under Habsburg Rule (2021) Available in library

Roman BRUGGER: Das seldschukische Doppel-Minarett-Portal der sogenannten „Imam Hasan Moschee“ in Ardistan  [Twin minaret portals in Saljuq architecture of Central Iran: the so-called "Masjid-i Imam Hasan" in Ardistan] (2018) Available in library

Suzanne COMPAGNON: The Depiction of Women Attributed to the Ottoman Painter Levni in the Album H.2164 (2017). Online available

Christina M. FRITZ, Die Bogenornamentik der Aljafería in Zaragoza: Themen und Entwicklungsgeschichte im Vergleich (2019). In library available

Christine KELLNER: Tierdarstellungen mit Nimbus in der Illustration arabischer und persischer Bücher des 12.-13. Jahrhunderts [Animals with Nimbus in Illustrations of Arabic and Persian Books of the 12-13th Centuries] (2019) Available in library

Angela KOPPEL: Der Stuckdekor von Kharab Sayyar [Stucco decoration at Kharab Sayyar] (Univ. Frankfurt am Main 2009, in the discipline Western Asian Archaeology, co-supervisor Jan-Waalke Meyer). Awarded with the „Mediterran-Preis zur Förderung des Nachwuchses in der Archäologie"

Franziska NIEMAND: Orientalische Architektur und fotografische Dokumentation der Wiener Weltausstellung 1873 ["Oriental" Architecture and Photo Documentation in the 1873 Vienna World's Fair] (2020).

Elika PALENZONA-DJALILI: Die Illustrationen der Anekdotenhistorie Tārīḫ-i Nigāristān des Qāḍī Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad Ġaffārī in der Aga Khan Sammlung in Genf (AKM 272) [The illustrations of the anecdotal history Tarikh-i Nigaristan by Qadi Ahmad ibn Muhammad Taqi Nuri] (Univ. Zürich 2011).

Nina R. PULFER: (Selbst)-Repräsentation schiitischer Geistlicher des 19. Jh. in Iran im fotografischen Werk von Abū-l-Qāsim Ibn Muḥammad Taqi Nūrī [(Self)-representation of Shiite clerics in 19th-century Iran in the photography oeuvre of Abu-l-Qasim ibn Muhammad Taqi Nuri] (Univ. Zürich 2013, in the discipline Islamic Studies, co-supervisor Ulrich Rudolph).

Agnes RAMEDER: Azadeh Akhlagi’s Photograph Series By an Eye Witness in the Context of Staged Photography in Tehran/Iran (2016). Online available

Pia RAZENBERGER: Die Schmuckseite in Koranillumination Westasiens von ca. 970–1250  [Decorative frontispieces in Quran illumination c. 970–1250 A.D.] (2015). Online available

PhD theses


– in preparation

Salma AZZAM: Beylik Architecture in Anatolia: Patronage and Epigraphy

Suzanne COMPAGNON, The Depiction of Costume in Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Painting

Sophie DIEBERGER, Der Bildzyklus des Roman de Troie Cod. 2571 (Wien, ÖNB): Form, Funktion und Bedeutung einer profanen Buchausstattung im Oberitalien des Trecento [The Image Cycle of the Romance of Troy Cod. 2571 (Vienna, Austrian National Library): Form, Function, and Meaning of a Profane Book in Upper Italy and the Trecento] (co-supervised with Michael Schwarz)

Ayşegül Damla GÜRKAN-ANAR: Istanbul and Isfahan in the early seventeenth century: Masjed-e Shah and Sultan Ahmed Complexes (Boğaziçi University Istanbul, member of thesis committee)

Abbas HOSSAINI: Persian Albums and Album-Making in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries CE: Concepts, Transmission, and Reception in Western Asia (co-supervised by Sheila Canby)

Agnes RAMEDER: Picturing the (Un)Dead: Reflections and Deconstructions of Lebanese Martyr Posters in Contemporary-Art-Practices (co-supervisor, supervised by Bettina Gockel)

Mina RAMEZAN JAMAAT: Historical wall painting in early 19th-century Qajar Iran

Saedeh SETAYESH: Documentary Photography and Historical Memory in Iran: the Constitutional Revolution (1905-1911) (co-supervised with Bettina Gockel)

– finished


Safa MAHMOUDIAN: Royal Gardens from Mesopotamia to the Indus River c. 750-1000: Form, Relation to Architecture, Functions (2021)

Ali MOLOODI: Epic Imagery in 12th–14th centuries Iran and Narratives of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh (University of Tehran, co-supervisor, supervisor Haedeeh Laleh)

Corinne MÜHLEMANN: Mittelalterliche Gold-Seide-Streifenstoffe in Westasien [Medieval striped cloth of silk and gold in Western Asia] (Universität Bern, co-supervisor Birgitt Borkopp-Restle)

Negin TABATABAEI: Urban Development and the Promotion of Twelver Shiism in Architectural Inscriptions of Safavid Isfahan (University of Tehran, co-supervisor, supervised by Haedeeh Laleh)

Zehra TONBUL: An Art Historiographical Odyssey of Ernst Diez: the Austrian Impact on Islamic Art History in Turkey (Boğaziçi University Istanbul 2017, co-supervisor, supervisor Ahmet Ersoy, further committee members: Çiğdem Kafescioğlu, Oya Pancaroglu, Wendy Shaw, Bülent Tanju)


– external reference/defense

Julia ALLERSTORFER: Representing the Unrepresentable: Strategien der De/Konstruktion von Identität in der zeitgenössischen iranischen Videokunst am Beispiel von Simin Keramati und Shahram Entekhabi (external reference, Cahtolic Private Univ. Linz 2014, supervisor Monika Leisch-Keisl).

Alice BOMBARDIER: La peinture iranienne au XXème siècle (1911-2009): historique, courants esthétiques et voix d’artistes. Contribution à l’étude des enjeux de l’art en Iran à l’époque contemporaine (member of commission, Cotutelle Université de Gèneve and École des hautes études en sciences sociales Paris, 2012, supervisors Silvia Naef and Farhad Khosrokhavar).

Isabelle IMBERT: La peinture de fleurs persane et indienne de la periode moderne (XVIe-XVIIIe siecles), (member of commission, Univ. Paris-IV-Sorbonne 2015, supervisor Jean-Pierre van Stavel).

Ilse STURKENBOOM: The Imagery of the Manṭiq al-Ṭayr: A Fifteenth-Century History of Illustrated Manuscripts Incorporating ʿAṭṭār’s Conference of the Birds (Defensio, Univ. Bamberg 2016, supervisors Birgitt Hoffmann and Lorenz Korn).


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