Image Archive and Research Platform for the Islamic, Ancient and Christian Orient

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  • Specialized analogue und digital image archives 
  • More than 30.000 slides
  • Middle format slides (6x6 cm - Rollei SL 66)
  • Black and white prints 
  • Negatives
  • Historical Images - color and black/ white images from the 1950s and 1960s


Das Bild des Orients offers a great variety of authentic images  of the Islamic World to illustrate a documentation, a scholarly work or press articles.

Strong fields are Islamic Architecture of the  Near East  (esp. Turkey, Syria, Israel/ Palestine, Yemen, Iran) as well as the Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia) and Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyztan, Tadzhikistan) from the beginning of the Islamic Period, i.e. from the 7th century until today. Historical buildings in the old city of Cairo, Egypt are also well sind documented.

The archive also contains images from Xinjiang (East Turkestan, today Westchina) documenting historical mosques and mausolea, urban landscape, e.g. the office block of Rabiya Kadeer in Ürümqi as well as colorful markets (bazar) or camels at the margins of the Taklamkan. 

Another main area is the Gulf region (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, and Oman), a region under extreme development in the last years. See e.g. the rising skyline of Doha, Qatar and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.

For the systematical research in the archives click here, where also an alphabetical list of all covered countries from Egypt to UAE (more than 40) can be found under "region" in "advanced search". 

Photographs on Islamic applied arts, Ethnographic motives, views on landscape and people are also available.


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