Looking at the snow and the seemingly dead fruit-trees I can see from here (mostly Pflaumenbäume, plums, but also cherry-, apple- and even pear-trees, which became rare I believe) my thoughts wandered to the bishop’s garden around the Residenz and finally to Prokop Mayer‘s three volume book Pomona Franconica (1776-1801) – I am sure that I mentioned it here before, but can not find where. The book was on display in an exhibition in the Residenz 2007, and after this event it was brought to Qatar, Sheik Saud al-Thani having bought it, among a lot of other things.
A Sheik is an elder, a head, as I understand from the wikipedia-article here, it is not a religiously based honour, but a strictly worldly grade.
A “Kalif” (Ger., Eng.) is the head of a caliphate, which is a theological based kind of state with the caliphs standing in a line directly leading to The Prophet. So their rule is based on the holy script, or on the closeness to The Prophet – if I understand it right.
The Emir is a high ranking sheik, a noble man, an emirate is based on the sword alone and not on a special binding to Mohamed, not on the Koran. “Emirate” should describe simply a form of worldly rule, similar to “Grafschaft” or “dukedom” (yes).
I am not into economics, but even I noticed that there were problems in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) (read this, thank you A.) and that the Burji Khalifa was renamed to honour the head of Qatar, who generously helped the leading responsibles in Dubai to avoid bankerott. But seriously, that is not what interests me.
While they built in Dubai the highest building of the world (why? – because it is possible! Yeah, THAT makes sense buddy!), in Doha, the capital of Qatar, one of the most interesting projects ever, is going on: The Museum of Islamic Art (here). One of the last projects of I.M.Pei, stuffed with anything the above mentioned sheik could lay his hands on in the last years: It must be THE treasure chamber of the 21st century.
I only wunder, how good their library is.
I mean, there is always the Alexandrina.
Would someone be so gentle and let rain money on me so that I can go visit these places?