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Title: Palmyra: a Story of Ruins, Struggle(s) and Beyond
Other Titles: تدمر، قصة اطلال دراسة، كفاح واكثر
Authors: Elcheikh, Zeina
Keywords: Palmyra
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: University of Balamand
Part of: Chronos
Issue: 39
Start page: 105
End page: 123
For centuries, Palmyra and its ruins have fascinated archeologists, historians and
artists. Yet, Palmyra has been a terrain for struggles as well. The emergence of the
Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as a new actor in the Syrian conflict has pushed
the damages of heritage monuments and sites to a greater extent, and has also added
further ideological meanings to targeting cultural heritage. As a consequence, these
atrocities have unleashed debates on a broader level. Several initiatives and projects
worldwide have started to document the damages in Palmyra, and to prepare plans for
its restoration. This paper focuses on the case of Palmyra, in the light of the atrocities
committed by the ISIS militant in summer 2015. Destruction has become a part of
Palmyra’s long history, and reconstructing the damages cannot erase the event that
inflicted the destruction.
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Type: Journal Article
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