In the rubble, Aleppo’s citizens work to save battered heritage — Jordan Times Com |Aga Khan Development Network’s cultural arm is also looking at possible rehabilitation of the area

The Aga Khan Development Network’s cultural arm, which was behind a multimillion dollar restoration and urban development project around the Citadel and nearby souks a decade ago, said it was also looking at possible rehabilitation of the area. A view shows a damaged dome of a mosque in the Old City of Aleppo, Syria, January…

Plov (Pilaf) Rice – King of Meals in Tajikistan – is Now on UNESCO’S Representative List of …

Tajikistan’s “Oshi Palav” and Uzbekistan’s “Palov” (versions of the dish commonly called Plov in Central Asia) were both inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity when UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage met at its 11th annual session in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during the United…

His Highness the Aga Khan attend Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage Conference in Abu Dhabi | See France and other Sources

ABU DHABI: Heads of states and governments and representatives of international organisations and private institutions on Saturday reaffirmed their common determination to safeguard the endangered cultural heritage of all peoples, against its destruction and illicit trafficking, and pledged to act against terrorists and extremists attacking cultural diversity that is “a source of collective wealth that…

United Nation’s International Day of Nowruz 21 March

United Nations Nowruz celebration in Iraq’s Kurdistan region. ©UNAMI/D. Penkova   “We are now in the first year of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, our vision for a life of dignity for all people. This is also the first year of the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, which possesses enormous potential to open…

Lahore Wall City: Wazir Khan Mosque rehabilitation starts — The News com Pakistan|The Project will be carried out with the cooperation of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC)

LAHORE Following the rich heritage value, the Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) has started conservation and rehabilitation of the Wazir Khan Chowk inside the Delhi Gate. The conservation and rehabilitation will be carried out with the cooperation of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture with the funding of US Ambassador’s Fund. Wazir khan Chowk…

Aga Khan: We Can Achieve A More Cooperative World If We Understand Our Differences, Not Erase Them — Huffington Post com article by Farah Mohamed

“The word ‘fragmentation’ seems to define our times.” During a visit with President Drew Faust, the Aga Khan looked through a photo book inside her Massachusetts Hall office. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer (…) With Friday’s attacks in Paris and Thursday’s attacks in Beirut, along with many others in recent months, the message of solidarity over…

Germany’s IFA Institute: Project Mausam to connect 39 Indian Ocean countries | Activities already commenced in India by Archaeological Survey of India and partners

Project Mausam aims to establish cross-cultural links among 39 Indian Ocean countries. Photo: Horia Varlan (CC BY 2.0) The word “Mausam” or Arabic “Mawsim” carried a special meaning for ancient seafarers, as this was the time that ships could safely sail the Indian Ocean. Mausam is also the name given to a project launched at…

ISIS Burns Mosul Library in Iraq, Destroys Thousands of Valuable Manuscripts and Books —by Amira Al Hussaini on Global Voices online org

ISIS burns books from Al Mosul Library in Iraq. This photograph has been widely shared on social media. Original source unknown. In an act described as “cultural cleansing,” ISIS fighters unleashed their anger on thought, culture and history, burning thousands of rare manuscripts, documents and books, when they ransacked the Mosul Library, in Iraq. First…