Online Short Course: Religious Cultural Heritage – Concepts and Issues in the Modern Middle East

11 December '20 at 1:30 pm - 18 December '20 at 4:00 pm

This is a two-day introductory course on the theme of religious cultural heritage (RCH) in the Middle East. It aims to contextualise RCH as the living cultural heritage of its community of users. In addition, the course attempts to present RCH as a contemporary construct of its socio-political and religious context through its connections to ethnicity, gender, nationalism, as much as religion.

Download the course structure:

– 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.


Professor Dick Douwes Professor Dick Douwes holds the chair of Global History at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Mohamad Meqdad is a PhD student at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, Erasmus University Rotterdam.



Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations​, Aga Khan Centre, 10 Handyside Street


Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations

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