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Community Heritage in the Arab Region

Values and Practices

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  • In-depth analysis of local approaches to community heritage specific to the Arab region
  • Community heritage in the Arab region in comparison to other parts of the world
  • Challenges faced by heritage professionals in a highly-charged environment

Part of the book series: One World Archaeology (WORLDARCH)

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This book investigates approaches to community heritage within the Arab region and the underlying theories associated with these approaches. It aims, within the context of the region, to define ‘community’ and ‘heritage’, as well as examine the emergence and development of this field. The volume’s contributors deploy a wealth of case studies from the Middle East and North Africa to provide a unique forum for discussion, comparability, analysis and deeper understandings of current trends in community heritage. 

In particular, the volume explores the relationship between communities and their heritage, the meanings and values placed upon it, the nature and degree of community participation and engagement in its interpretation and management, and how its different registers affect and produce sometimes unexpected community heritage formations. It also examines the level of responsibility held within the profession towards this essentially democratic process of public participation in their heritage in a region shaped by controversial histories, political turmoil and tourism-driven economies.

The volume builds on current research and practice in community heritage globally by debating and re-centring a suite of familiar and new issues related to hitherto under-researched regional-specific methodologies, and developing fresh insight into the theoretical underpinning of these practices. It will be of value to heritage scholars and practitioners as well as those interested in politics, identity, education and the dynamics of heritage-based sustainable development.

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. A Cross-Section of Practices

  2. Heritage in Crisis: Acts of Resilience, Recovery and Reconfiguration

  3. Giving Children Keys to the Past

Editors and Affiliations

  • Formerly of the Department of Archaeology, Durham University, Durham, UK

    Arwa Badran

  • Department of Architectural EngineeringFaculty of Engineering, The Hashemite University, Zarqa, Jordan

    Shatha Abu-Khafajah

  • Independent Scholar, London, UK

    Sarah Elliott

About the editors

Arwa Badran is an Independent Researcher and consultant on museums and heritage education. She trained as an archaeologist at the University of Jordan, working in the field across multiple sites, before gaining her MA and PhD from Newcastle University, degrees that focused on building connections between museums and the public and introducing museums to the Jordanian school curricula. Her subsequent work as a lecturer in Museum Studies at the Hashemite University in Jordan was instrumental in the development and establishment of the first BA degree in Cultural Heritage and Museology in the Middle East. More recently, she worked as a course tutor and co-director on the International Cultural Heritage Management MA programme at Durham University, and as a researcher on an AHRC funded project on youth engagement in Jordan’s museums. She has worked as a consultant on many heritage education and community development projects, and has been involved at a senior level with the World Archaeological Congress for over a decade.  

Shatha Abu-Khafajah is an Associate Professor on the Architecture programme at the Hashemite University in Jordan. She graduated as an architect from the University of Jordan in 1997 and went on to specialize in the documentation and conservation of archaeological heritage while completing a Master’s degree in Archaeology. Her PhD in Cultural Heritage Management from Newcastle University, obtained in 2007, enabled her to synthesize architecture and archaeology with a special interest in establishing a sustainable approach to heritage management in the Arab region that is community-based and context-oriented.

Sarah Elliott is an Independent Scholar with research interests in ecomuseology, community museology and the theories of new museology, all positioned recently within Turkish Area Studies. The emergence and significance of postmodern approaches in contemporary Turkish museology has been the focus of British Academy funded work, and previous Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and British Institute at Ankara (BIAA) funded PhD research at Newcastle University examined the impact of large dams on the cultural heritage of southeast Turkey, addressed through an ecomuseum-centered methodology. Hasankeyf, a sui generis medieval town threatened by the Ilisu Dam, was the case study for the latter. Building on these projects, her current research concerns the historical and contemporary representation of ethnic minority communities in Turkey’s museums.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Community Heritage in the Arab Region

  • Book Subtitle: Values and Practices

  • Editors: Arwa Badran, Shatha Abu-Khafajah, Sarah Elliott

  • Series Title: One World Archaeology

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-07445-5Published: 09 November 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-07448-6Published: 10 November 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-07446-2Published: 07 November 2022

  • Series ISSN: 2625-8641

  • Series E-ISSN: 2625-865X

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XLVII, 323

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Archaeology, Cultural Heritage

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