The Aga Khan University Institute For The Study Of Muslim Civilisations is organizing a two day course (11th and 18th of December) on the theme of Religious Cultural Heritage (RCH) in the Middle East. In this course, taught by Prof. Dick Douwes and Mohamad Meqdad, RCH will be presented as a contemporary construct of its socio-political and religious context through its connections to ethnicity, gender, nationalism, as much as religion. As such, it tries to contextualize RCH as the living cultural heritage of its community of users. Registration is now open.
- To identify religious cultural heritage as one constituent of the community’s broader cultural heritage;
- To address the challenges that religious cultural heritage faces in its cultural, religious and socio-political context;
- To examine the process of constructing relationship between people and their religious cultural heritage and its changes over time;
- To appreciate religious cultural heritage through the community’s values and their various processes of meaning making rather than the intrinsic values of the religious cultural heritage site itself