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Prof. Dr. Wolfram Reiss
Univ.-Prof. für Religionswissenschaft
an der Evangelisch-Theologischen Fakultät der Universität Wien

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Prof. Dr. Stephan Procházka
Univ.-Prof. für Arabistik
am Institut für Orientalistik  an der Universität Wien

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Management Team

Mag. Sanna Plieschnegger Mag. Christine Grüner Lenz Lisa, M.A. Donata Kremsner, M.A.

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Medien, PR





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Film & Fotografie Übersetzungen

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Mag. Livia Stiller Pia Razenberger, MA Margareta Wetchy, BA

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 Projekt: KIMIK
 Projekt: Tabadul

Projekt: Ahwa & Anecdotes
Social Media



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Intellectual Support

Leila Kaplan, Mag. Bakk.

Leila Kaplan, born 1981 in Austria, studied Arabic language, literature and Islam at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the University Vienna, where she received her Master’s degree in 2004. She also holds a B.A. degree in Music Education – Piano which she completed at the University for Music and Performing Art in Vienna in 2005. Her postgraduate research in Arabic culture and dialectology led her to an extended field trip to Oman in 2006, where she had the opportunity to observe and study the local culture and dialect of the region of Bahla over several months. In 2006 and 2008, she presented findings of her research at the 7th and 8th International Conference of the Association de Dialectologie Arabe (AIDA) in Vienna and Essex (UK). Her conference paper ‘Remarks on the Bahla Dialect (Oman)’ was published in the Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes in 2008. Language and business trips to Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia deepened her understanding of Arabic language, culture and traditions. Since 2007, she has been teaching Arabic language at the University of Vienna, in addition to her other professional employments.

Katharina Albrecht-Stadler, Mag.

Katharina Albrecht-Stadler, born in Austria, finished her Master degree in Islamic Sciences and Romance Studies at the University of Vienna. She is currently working as project manager for international projects, mainly in the field of culture and science. Her experiences as a Managing Director are wide spread as she worked for various companies like A-Muse GmbH, MEA Brand Building GmbH, EU XXL FILM, das Klingende Museum. Albrecht-Stadler’s expertise and skills focus on development and overall management of projects (concept development, costs and budget, if necessary: application for support and sponsor acquisition, controlling and coordination of all services, accounting). Some of her projects are EU XXL FILM, different projects for the distribution and intermediation of European film, since 2009 (, City Festwochen Wien 2009-2011, cultural festival in Vienna, Vienna International Christian-Islamic Summer University 2008-2014 ( and VIENNAFAIR - The New Contemporary 2012-2013, international art fair Vienna.

Waseem Haddad, Mag.

Wassem Haddad, born 1978 in Bghamlikh/Syria studied at the St. John of Damascus Orthodox Institute of Theology of the University of Balamand/Lebanon where he received a BA of Divinity 1998. He continued his studies in Germany at the Faculty of Protestant Theology and finished his studies in 2009 with a MA thesis on The end of the earthly existence of Jesus Christ according to the Qor’an and Islamic commentaries. He was university assistant at the chair of the studies of religions at the University of Vienna 2009-2013. Moreover, he was teaching Standard Arabic at the Faculty of Oriental Studies in Erlangen-Nuremberg and Colloquial Arabic and several courses in the field of the studies of religions at the University of Vienna. Currently he is finishing a PhD on the methodology used by al-Biruni to present other religions.

Viola Raheb, Mag.

Viola Raheb was born in 1969 in Bethlehem, Palestine. She gained her Masters degree in Education and Evangelical Theology from the Ruprecht-Karl-University in Heidelberg/ Germany. From 1998 until 2002 Ms. Raheb headed the educational work of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and Palestine. 2002 Viola Raheb moved to Vienna, Austria and works since then as an independent consultant on development cooperation and cross-cultural dialogue for various institutions, among others the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the Ministry of European, and International Affairs in Austria, the German Development Service, the Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation, and the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue. Since April 2013, Ms Raheb works at the University of Vienna, Faculty of Protestant Theology, Department of the Studies of Religions, where she is also working on her PhD. She is a member of numerous organizations and committees on intercultural and interreligious dialogue. Viola Raheb has published numerous books and articles and has conducted various research projects among others: “Political awareness and political participation of Palestinian women”, a comparative study between three generations (2009), “The Palestinian Community in Austria” (2005), “Christian Theological Education in Muslim Societies” (1995-1999), member of the international research team coordinated through the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the on-Western World/ Faculty of Divinity, University of Edinburgh.

Marwan Abado

Marwan Abado was born as a Palestinian refugee in Beirut, Lebanon in 1967. He is a composer, oud player and singer. Abado has played with many musicians from various cultures and styles both in Austria and worldwide. (Italy, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Croatia, France, Algeria, Lebanon, Jordan, Marocco, Tunis, Palestine and Cuba.) Abado´s commitment to social and cultural issues has led him to be involved in activities beyond the world of music, such as: Foreign Student Representative at the Austrian National Student Union, (July 1993-June 1997), initiator and coordinator of the project, "World Music in 3/4 Time," which brought together 17 music groups from all over the world, to perform a series of concerts and produce a CD to promote music from different cultures and help these performers to gain an audience in Austria (1995), holding  workshops in schools and at youth centers to introduce young people to oriental music (1996 to present), organizing and implementing  recreational programs to bring together Austrian and immigrant youth (summer 1995, summer 1996), holding lectures at the Orient Acadamy, Hammerpurgstall, to introduce Arab-Oriental music theory to a Western audience, (Winter Semester 1996 and Summer Semester 1997). In November 2008 Abado received the Federal Medal of Intercultural Dialogue from the Austrian Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture, for his engagement in intercultural dialogue.


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