Julia Gonnella

Curator at the Museum of Islamic Art (SMPK) in Berlin

Julia Gonnella is Curator at the Museum of Islamic Art (SMPK) in Berlin, where she just opened an exhibition celebrating the Schahname Millenium in Berlin. She also directs the Islamic section of the Syrian-German excavations on the Citadel of Aleppo. Among her publications are Heroische Zeiten. Tausend Jahre persisches Buch der Könige (as Editor), “Columns & Hieroglyphs: Magic Spolia in Medieval Islamic Architecture of Northern Syria” in Muqarnas (2010), Angels, Peonies and Fabulous Creatures: the Aleppo Room from Berlin (as Coeditor, 2008) and Die Zitadelle von Aleppo und der Tempel des Wettergottes (with Wahid Khayata and Kay Kohlmeyer, 2005). Gonnella received her B.A. in Islamic Art and Archaeology in 1986 and her M.A. in Social Anthropology in 1987, both from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her Ph.D. in Islamic Studies and Social Anthropology was awarded by the University of Tübingen in 1994.

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