Panel discussion:

Decolonising Islam in Museums

CARMAH, Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, M*hrenstraße 40/41, 10117 Berlin

The discussion with Mirjam Shatanawi (Reinwardt Academie, Amsterdam), Stefan Weber (Museum für Islamische Kunst (SMB/SPK), and Katarzyna Puzon (CARMAH) was dedicated to the question of decolonising Islam in museums. Situated within the current debate on decolonisation, the event addressed, among other issues, Middle Eastern and Islamic collections, restitution, as well as possible ways of decolonising museum disciplines.

Mirjam Shatanawi‘s contribution was part of her research stay at CARMAH during which she worked with Katarzyna Puzon and Sharon Macdonald on the upcoming book ‘Islam and Heritage in Europe: Past Developments and Future Possibilities’. Building on the international workshop organised by Katarzyna Puzon at CARMAH, the volume brings together researchers from anthropology, art history, Islamic studies, and media and performance studies. It looks at the ways in which the relationship between Islam and heritage has played out in Europe and transformed against the backdrop of the ‘refugee crisis’ and other recent developments, such as the revival of right-wing populism and the resurgence of nationalist sentiments.