View of the citadel of Aleppo after the destruction of the Khusrawiyya-mosque in front of it © SHAP © Sultan Kitaz, 2014 (CC-BY-NC-ND)
The Great Mosque of Damascus shining in the evening light © SHAP © Issam Hajjar, 2007 (CC-BY-NC-ND)
Rural Life in the Qalamun-mountains © SHAP © Eugen Wirth, 1961 (CC-BY-NC-SA)
The courtyard of the House (Bayt) Ajiqbash in Aleppo, once used as a museum © SHAP © Jean-Claude David, 1994 (CC-BY-NC-ND)
View of the first floor of a historic khan in Suwayqat ‘Ali in Aleppo © SHAP © Jean-Claude David (CC-BY-NC-ND)
View of the destroyed courtyard and domed qa’a of Bayt Ghazala in al-Judayda quarter in Aleppo © SHAP © May Gazalé, 2017 (CC-BY-NC-ND)
Pre-drawn pattern of a contemporary ‘Ajami decoration © SHAP © Ziad Baydoun (CC-BY-NC-ND)
The six projects of the Syrian Heritage Initiative are all devoted to Syria’s unique material and immaterial cultural heritage. Their research and archival efforts focus in different ways on documenting and making available a variety of materials.
The aim is to provide a basis for reconstruction as well as to build a participatory platform. At the Museums + Heritage Awards in London in May, the Syrian Heritage Initiative of the Museum für Islamische Kunst was singled out for special recognition in the International Award category. The project ‘Multaka’ has received three further national awards. The projects are led by the director of the Museum für Islamische Kunst, Professor Stefan Weber.