The Case of Syria and Iraq
Edited By Lorenzo Kamel
Foreword (Ettore Greco and Nicolò Russo Perez)
Ettore Greco and Nicolò Russo Perez
In the last two decades several countries in the Middle East and North Africa have been ravaged by bloody and protracted armed conflicts that have caused appalling humanitarian crises and widespread destruction of infrastructures and basic public services. Their economies and the entire social fabric have been severely hit. Creating the conditions for recovery from these wide-ranging disruptions remains a daunting challenge, not least because, even in the areas where a degree of stability has been achieved, worrying conflict factors remain at work.
Cultural heritage, which is a vital component of human activity and a strategic resource for economic and social development, has not been spared. Armed hostilities, often conducted with heavy weapons, have destroyed a great number of historical monuments and artefacts. Moreover, many manifestations and symbols of cultural heritage have become the specific target of extremist and terrorist groups inspired by exclusivist or nihilist ideologies. What is at stake now is no less than the preservation of complex cultural identities in a region which has itself been the cradle of civilizations and religions.
This volume, edited by Lorenzo Kamel, examines the economic, social, political and cultural impact of the damage inflicted to the cultural heritage of the Middle East in the course of the recent armed conflicts which have involved both local actors – state and sub-state – and regional and external powers. The volume examines the cases of Iraq and Syria, which have been...
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