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Abdalrazzaq Moaz

Senior fellow
Gerda Henkel Foundation
The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Syria (2011- 2016): Revolution, Repression and Destructive Ideologies
01 October 2017 -
30 June 2018
Cultural heritage and museology

Abdalrazzaq Moaz is senior fellow at Gerda Henkel Foundation (Germany). He has held academic positions such as senior fellow at Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg, Bonn University, and was appointed as Co-Director of ASOR Cultural Heritage Initiatives, Boston. He was also appointed as Deputy Minister of Culture (Syria, 2002-2007), as well as Director General of Antiquities and Museums (Syria, 2000-2002). He serves as acting dean of the Architecture Faculty at the Arab International University (formerly The European University , Syria). He received seven fellowships at Harvard University in different departments (History of Art and Architecture, History, Urban Planning, and Middle Eastern Studies) and was visiting Professor in different countries and universities (USA, Tokyo, Paris, and Granada). He was Pensionnaire Researcher at the Institut Français d'Études Arabes de Damas (IFEAD) and taught at Damascus University as well as at the École d'Architecture de Paris-Belleville, France. He was the head of the book project The Ayyubid Era, Art and Architecture in Medieval Syria (Vienna, 2015).

Research interests

Cultural heritage, Islamic History, History of Islamic Art and Architecture, in particular the relationship between texts, architecture and urbanism mainly in Syria.

The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Syria (2011- 2016): Revolution, Repression and Destructive Ideologies

Since the Syrian uprising of March 2011, Syrian archaeological heritage has been suffering. Many articles and photos have been published and disseminated online to document the damage to the Syrian cultural heritage, emphasizing not only the importance that archaeological sites and historic buildings have assumed in the history of Syria, but how their protection is now crucial to preserve the cultural identity of the Syrian people. 
This study will offer synthesis of the actions that have been undertaken by different bodies and organizations towards the tangible cultural heritage from the beginning of the Syrian uprising up until now. It will provide a synthesis of these actions that aim to increase international awareness and strengthen collaborations between scholars and institutions.


Conference organized by A. Moaz (2017-2018 Paris IAS fellow), with the support of the Gerda Henkel Foundation
06 Feb 2018 14:30 -
07 Feb 2018 19:00,
Paris :
Destroying Cultural Heritage in Syria - 2011-2017
Abdalrazzaq Moaz presents his research project within the framework of the weekly internal seminar

06 Feb 2018 11:00 -
06 Feb 2018 13:00,
Paris :
Destroying Cultural Heritage in Syria: Revolution, Repression, and Destructive ideologies
Research project: "The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Syria (2011- 2016): Revolution, Repression and Destructive Ideologies"
Other or several periods
North Africa, Middle East