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Reconstructing the Heritage of Aleppo: Public Opinion Survey Findings

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posted on 2024-04-18, 06:12 authored by Benjamin IsakhanBenjamin Isakhan, Lynn Meskell
Reconstructing the Heritage of Aleppo: Public Opinion Survey Findings

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1-37

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978-0-7300-0245-1

Language

English

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Background This report documents the results of a public opinion survey of Aleppo, documenting local perceptions of heritage, its destruction during the Syrian civil war and reconstruction by foreign actors. This is a significant outcome of an ARC Discovery project. Contribution Following the onset of the Syrian civil war from 2011 several actors attacked heritage sites across the country. Most notoriously, the Islamic State unleashed a wave of attacks against heritage sites such as Palmyra. This was followed by several ambitious projects to rebuild heritage in cities like Aleppo, including an array of both foreign and domestic actors. However, little data exists on how the people of Aleppo view their heritage, its destruction or reconstruction. This report therefore addresses this lacuna by documenting the results of the world's first public opinion survey of heritage in post-war Aleppo. Significance The reconstruction of heritage after conflict has become a significant motive driving international engagement in post-conflict scenarios. Foremost among these, UNESCO has claimed that the reconstruction of heritage has broad local support and will foster peace, dialogue and security. This project holds such claims up to empirical scrutiny via the largest study to date of public opinion on heritage in Aleppo following the devastation of the civil war.

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Deakin University

Place of publication

Melbourne

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