BTS 69

Baalbek: Image and Monument 1898-1998

ed. by Hélène Sader, Thomas Scheffler and Angelika Neuwirth

Beirut 1998, XIV/350 pp. german, french and english textwith 130 illustrations and 5 maps –
170 x 240 mm. English brochure
ISBN 978-3-89913-068-3

This volume was published in the celebration of the 1998 anniversary of the visit of the German Emperor Wilhelm II to Baalbek in November 1898 and the beginning of the archaeological operations in the temple ruins of Baalbek in December 1898. Since the ruins were only excavated by German experts thanks to Wilhelm II’s request and have thereby greatly influenced Lebanese history up until today, these events form a strong historical link between the two countries. The purpose of this book is to shed light on the motives and backgrounds which made the German Emperor interested in visiting the region and preserving the ruins and to review the state of the exploration ever since the German archaeological missions had begun. 

Hélène Sader attained her Ph.D. in 1984 at the University of Tübingen and has since then worked as an Associate Professor of Archaeology at the American University of Beirut. Her main research areas are Ancient Near Eastern Epigraphy and History.

Thomas Scheffler obtained his Ph.D. in 1993 at the Free University of Berlin and has been a researcher and project manager at the Orient-Institut Beirut since 1996. His main areas of research include Germany and the Middle East, the history of German Orientalism and religion and violence in the Middle East. 

Angelika Neuwirth obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Göttingen in 1972 and was habilitated in 1977. Since 1991 she has been a professor of Arabic Studies at the Free University of Berlin. Her main fields of interest are Qur’anic Studies, Islamic philosophy and classical and modern Arab literature.