Archival silences and cultural genocide

There’s a ton of scholarship out there about the deliberate destruction of libraries and archival collections as part of a cultural genocide. Sadly, many examples. But I was reminded to make a note that this needs to be covered in the book by seeing this news story: “On the Run from the Islamic State, Iraqi Christians Are Trying to Save Their Heritage.”

“If Daesh burns down a church we can rebuild it, but the manuscripts are our history. They trace back our roots, they are part of our civilization,” he said, using the Arabic acronym for the group. “If they get destroyed, then we are lost, and our culture will be forgotten.”



Archival silences and cultural genocide

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