A presentation: An Assault on History: Cultural Heritage Sites in Iraq and Syria in the Age of ISIS, will be given at the Hagaman Memorial Library at 227 Main Street in East Haven CT, April 7th at 7 p.m. by Prof. Eckart Frahm, Professor of Assyriology at Yale University. The presentation concerns the destruction of heritage sites and antiquities.
Conference sponsored by the Departments of History and Religion
Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 9:00am
Collins Cinema, Davis Museum, Wellesley College
As some of you will have already learned, Khaled al-Asaad--a pioneering Syrian archaeologist who served as the director of antiquities of Palmyra from 1963–2003, and worked on many other important projects--was recently executed by ISIS, in Palmyra. Many members of this list were likely acquainted with him and his work. Renata Holod, former president of HIAA, writes: "I worked with Khaled al-Assad, at Qasr al-Hayr al-Sharqi. Fine man, great protector of Palmyra, who has now paid for it with his life. R.I.P."
Professor Mulder's comments are absolutely right - there is no dichotomy between human beings and human culture. I heard these arguments rehearsed in essence when I was working at the Bodleian Library, which possesses a book (nothing especially rare) which was saved when it was thrown out of a window during the Great Fire of London. A discussion arose: if you had a choice, which would you save, a baby or a book? The baby, obviously. But what if it were a very rare book? Well, still the baby. What if it were the only known copy of Shakespeare's works? Well, ... still the baby.
[With Stephennie Mulder's permission, I am sharing below some comments on Palmyra and Syria's cultural heritage that she recently posted on Facebook. You may view the original post, along with the images, here. For more updates and comments from Profesor Mulder, please consider following her on Twitter. - Yael Rice, H-Islamart Editor]