MECCA is currently represented by Dr. Jutta Meischner, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Emerita, and Legal Counsel RA Michael Schmidt, Editor-in-Chief Deutsche Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Insolvenzrecht, De Gruyter.
Through the PhD program CONTOURS OF CASTING | CONNECTIONS OF CULTURES, MECCA is honoured to support a series of ground breaking academic projects with an interdisciplinary approach and objective with contributions underpinned by the trade history of major archaeologically significant trading routes, such as the Silk Road, that represented a massive commercial network during late 8th to late 11th Century between the Viking-Age Northern Europe and the Islamic World.
To understand the origin and the routes of the Islamic literature and art, MECCA’s aims to support monographic research initiatives with an objective to contextualize and document the Islamic architecture, art and material culture within the textual and literary sources of the early centuries of Islam. This marks a historical period described as Islam’s Golden Age, beginning from the time of the Prophet Muhammad up to the Mongol invasions. It is an era where the Islamic World has been widely acknowledged in commerce and trade as the world's leading economic power (John M Hobson, 2004; Robert A. Saunders, 2010).
It was during the course of this particular era that while greatly flourishing in transcontinental and international commerce and in major fields of human knowledge, sciences and learning, the Islamic World produced, such figures as Jabir ibn Hayyan, known as Geber (c.721–815 AD), Al-Khwarizmi (c.780 – c.850 AD), Banu Musas (803 – 873 AD), al-Battanī (c.858 – 929 AD), Rudaki (858 – c.941 AD), Al-Razi (865 – 925 AD), Al-Farabi (c.872–c.950 AD), Abu Ja’far Al-Khāzin (900–971 AD), Al-Sufi (903 – 986 AD), Rabi'a bint Ka'b al-Quzdari, possibly Iranian's first poetess in the history of New Persian poetry; active under the court of the Samanid Emir Naṣr II (914-943 AD), Ferdowsi (940 – 1020 AD), Ibn Sina (c.980 – 1037 AD), Abul-Fazl Bayhaqi (995 - 1077 AD), Farrukhi Sistani (d 1037 AD), ‘Unsuri (d c.1040 AD), ibn Hazm (994 –1064 AD), Ibn Al-Haytham (965 – 1040 AD), Al-Biruni (973 – 1048 AD), Al-Ghazali (1058 – 1111 AD), Omar Khayamm (1048 – 1131 AD), Sanai (1080-1131/41 AD), Suhrawardi (1155 – 1191 AD), Attar of Nishapur (c.1146 – 1221 AD), Ibn Bajjah (1095–1138 AD), Ahmad ibn Rushd, known as Averroes (1126 –1198 AD), Nizami Ganjavi (1141 – 1209 AD), Ibn Arabi (1165 – 1240 AD), Rumi (1207 – 1273 AD), Al-Tusi (1201 – 1274 AD), and Saadi (1184 – 1283/91 AD).