By Karen Exell
History initiatives within the Arabian Peninsula are constructing speedily. Museums and history websites are symbols of transferring nationwide identities, and a fashion of putting the Arabian Peninsula states at the foreign map. worldwide, i.e. Western, history criteria and practices were utilised for the fast injection of background services in museum improvement and placement administration and for overseas reputation. using Western background types within the Arabian Peninsula evokes key components for learn which this e-book examines: the obscuring of indigenous suggestions and practices of historical past and expressions of cultural identification; and the tensions among local/community options of historical past and identification and the recent nationwide identities being developed via museums and historical past websites at a country point.
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Destruction is presented in this case as associated not only with Islamic fundamentalist ideals, but also with a transnational coherent set of destructive practices informed by these ideals, conflating the significant erasure of the Bamiyan Buddha statues in Afghanistan with an ongoing reconfiguration of the holy city of Mecca in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This rhetoric suggests that factors affecting the materiality of a region dominated by Islamic beliefs are understood as predominantly destructive.
Comm. 2013. 26 Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula ‘visions’, for example, the Qatar National Vision 2030 (General Secretariat for Development Planning 2008), the Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 (Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council 2007). These are processes that are embraced positively from within these nations. In turn, the academic and expert debate that is predominantly originating elsewhere is quick to label these processes ‘inventions’, ‘imaginations’, associated with regional processes of ‘Dubaisation’, ‘Disneyfication’, and other similar accusations that are linked to uncertain authenticities and aesthetic plagiarism.
Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula: Debates, Discourses and Practices by Karen Exell