Thursday, 24. April 2014
14. 04. 08. - 17:47
The entrance square to the new UN complex has become Vienna’s first square to be named after a Muslim as it was named after Muslim scholar Muhammad Asad Platz at the complex's opening on monday.
Muhammad Asad, born Leopold Weiss, was internationally recognized as a "religious bridge builder" and a "visionary." A Jew who converted to Islam, Asad was famous for his translation of the Koran.
The City’s Cultural Advisor Andreas Mailath-Pokorny said at the opening ceremony that, "There is probably no more appropriate place to honor Muhammad Asad that in front of the UN-City. Muhammad Asad was a citizen of the world, who was at home, and left his mark, everywhere in the world, especially in the Orient."
Talal Asad, the son of Muhammad Asad, was reportedly very pleased that the square would be a monument to his father’s work.
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