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Weber is the director of Pergamonmuseum, Berlin's museum of Islamic art.News agencies became aware of the museum director when, as a backlash was gathering against Germany's open-door policy to asylum-seekers, Weber created Pergamon's Multaqa program, recruiting Arab migrants to lead tours of museum exhibits.Weber is addressing a few more too, matters specific to a state-funded museum of Islamic art that's as concerned with the cultural patrimony in the Muslim world as it is Germans of Muslim heritage.Weber says the Pergamon is involved in a dozen or so cultural heritage projects around the Muslim world.With Berlin's Imam Teaching Institute, the museum is developing a program that pairs the mosques' theological education with Islamic cultural history.LOPSIDED HISTORYPergamon houses a wealth of art and architectural objects from the premodern Islamic world.As Weber describes his schemes to make Pergamon an instrument in the cultural integration of new Germans, it's possible to imagine a model for a new generation of museums, responding to an era of unremitting movement.
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