Martina Müller-Wiener has an education in Islamic Studies, Islamic Art and Art History. In 2009 she has habilitated with the thesis: “Zwischen Kunst, Technik und  Wissenschaft: Islamische Astrolabien und Automaten im Kontext einer höfischen Objektkultur” at the Philosophische Fakultät of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn.

During her fellowship at Topoi (May 2014 – October 2014) Martina Müller-Wiener participated in the research group (A-1) Use and Settlement of Ecologically Marginal Habitats. Her project investigated the historical context of the transformation of settlement structures and spatial usage strategies in the 8th century caliphal residence of Resafa/Rusafat Hisham in Syria. The archaeological survey conducted between 2008-10 indicates that contrary to the prevailing opinion the city witnessed another phase of intense settlement activity during the 12th and 13th centuries. Based on the critical evaluation of written sources the project aimed at the historical, social and economic contextualisation of the archaeological evidence. The focus lay in revealing the factors and preconditions that informed the process of resettlement and transformation in teh 12th and 13th centuries.