Whose culture is worth protecting? Cultural cleansing: a case study of the Islamic State

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Whose culture is worth protecting? Cultural cleansing: a case study of the Islamic State

Type: Master thesis
Title: Whose culture is worth protecting? Cultural cleansing: a case study of the Islamic State
Author: Gobbi, Maria
Issue Date: 2019-03-29
Keywords: Cultural heritage
Islamic State
Syria
Iraq
Cultural cleansing
Cultural genocide
Abstract: The attacks of the Islamic State to cultural heritage in Syria and Iraq have been described by UNESCO and other international organizations as a strategy of "cultural cleansing". However, the concept was rejected multiple times in the framework of international law, and now amounts to a groundless menace, incapable of generating consequences for the perpetrators. This thesis uses critical concept analysis to understand why international organizations keep using the concept "cultural cleansing" despite its recurrent exclusion from international law, and what consequences this concept encompasses.
Supervisor: Schonmann, Noa
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: International Relations (Master)
Specialisation: Culture and Politics
ECTS Credits: 15
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/70451
 

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