Iraq

Background

Modern Iraq has some of the worlds richest cultural and architectural heritage, however from 1980 onwards, Iraq has lived through successive wars and conflicts in addition to unprecedented rising rates of intra-state violence.

The loss of Iraq’s cultural heritage over the last four decades of conflict has resulted from direct destruction as collateral damage of warfare; loss of the legal framework for cultural resource management leading to neglect and looting; as well as the targetted destruction of cultural architectural and archaeological sites by groups such as ISIS in what UNESCO has described as “Cultural Cleansing”. The latter being an attempt to undermine the shared sense of identity that has long united Iraqis despite their different religious, social, and cultural backgrounds.

The result of four decades of conflict in Iraq has been the destruction of both the tangible and intangible aspects of Iraq’s cultural heritage and addressing this loss of shared identity poses a critical challenge to the sustainable peace and prosperity for the future of Iraq and the wider region.

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"Archaeological Looting and Destruction of Nineveh, Iraq by ISIS" by UNESCO licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

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Seminars
How to Raise Awareness among Students of Architecture to pay attention to Urban Heritage: Case study of the House of Memories in Al Muthann

Dr. Ahmed Abdul Aali Kbah

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The Role of Local Communities in Enhancement and Protection of Cultural Heritage

Dr. Ali Naji Attiyah

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Virtual Library of Architectural Heritage: Facade elements of Mosul traditional houses as a case study.

Dr. Emad Hani Ismaeel AL Allaf

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Architecture Student’s Contributions to Preparing a National Archive for the Heritage Buildings in Iraq

Dr. Shatha A. Hasan

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Principles and Methods of the Heritage Documentation

Professor Karel Nováček

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The Threatened Culture in the Holy City of Karbala

Dr. Haider Naji Atiyah

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Training Workshops
Heritage Documentation Using Advanced Technology

Dr. Abdullah Khorshid

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Youth Workshop 2

Ms. Shahad Abdul Abbas

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Heritage Documentation Challenges Between Traditional and advanced Methods: Koya Students Experience

Dr. Sahar Basil M Al Qaisi

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Youth Workshop 3

Ms. Enas Ali

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Youth Workshop 1

Mr. Ali Taha

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Outputs showcase
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Drone footage
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Photo Exhibition
Project Partner
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Dr. Sabeeh Lafta Farhan is an Assistant Professor and the Vice-Chancellor of Wasit University, Iraq. His major research focus is on the protection of Cultural Heritage in Iraq. His work advocates for preservation of Iraq’s extensive archaeological sites and historic cities, and revives and promotes the tangible and intangible heritage of Iraq damaged or lost during conflict.

Dr Sabeeh Lafta Farhan

Wasit University, Iraq

Research Assistant
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Dr. Venus Suleiman Akef is an architect at the University of Technology in Baghdad, Iraq. Her research explores the role of architecture in the process of peacebuilding within post-conflict societies and has presented the conclusions of her research at the General Assembly of the United Nations. She currently serves as the Editor of the Preservation Section for the Iraqi Journal of Architectural Engineering and Planning.

Dr Venus Suleiman Akef

University of Technology, Iraq

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Participants

Rana Mohammad Abdullah

Mustafa Hisham Assi

Ahmed Mahdi Hameed

Nada Khalil Ibrahim

Ahmed Hussein Khalaf

Muataz Mohammed Rashid

Bassma Nabeel Saleh

Tiba Mohammed Ahmed

Mohammed Qais Falh

Rwaida Basim Hameed

Moheamen Basim Ibrahim

Ghaith Laith Mahmood

Amenah Abdullah Saadoon

Raghad Ayyed Salman

Enas Ali

Alaq Shakir Habeeb

Shahad Abdul Abbas Hammoodi

Zahraa Amjad Jabbar

Raneen Wisam Marqus

Mohammed Anmar Saeed

Qasim Rayyis Shraida

Acknowledgements

Dr. Emad Hani Ismaeel Al-Allaf

Dr. Ali Naji Attiyah

Dr. Ahmed Abdul Aali Kbah

Dr. Ula Abd Ali Khalel Merie

Dr. Hamed H. Samir

Ms. Samaa Jumaa AL-Aqbi

Dr. Shatha A. Hasan

Dr. Mahmood Khayat

Professor Karel Nováček

Mr. Ali Taha

Dr. Haider Naji Atiyah

Dr. Mohammed AL-Hasani

Dr. Abdullah Khorshid

Dr. Sahar Basil M Al Qaisi