Academic year
2017/2018 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LM2230 (AF:252336 AR:138762)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
Course year
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This course aims at exploring some of the more pressing issues concerning research preservation and valorisation of Cultural Heritage in some areas of the Islamic Near and Middle East.
Through a series of case-studies it will illustrate the long and complex process that goes from archaeological research to the touristic promotion of sites, in the context of regional politics and laws.

not required
This course consists in two parts. The first will be devoted to the acquisition of a basic knowledge in relation to: history of archaeology and its methods; history and theory of architectural restoration; archaeology and politics; public archaeoloy; archaeological tourism.
The second part of the course will illustrate a series of case studies concerning sites or monuments of the Near East: major achievements and results from archaeological research will be examined; preservation and restoration programmes will be analysed, together with the programmes for the touristic promotion of the site/monument. Main case studies will concern Cairo and Jerusalem.
A complete definitive list will be provided at the end of the course. Most of the bibliographic material will be uploaded in ISA or it will be available in the Ca' Foscari libraries:

AAVV, The Azhar Park Project in Cairo and the Conservation and Revitalization of Darb al-Ahmar, The Agha Khan Trust for Culture, on-line publication (pdf).

M. T. Bernhardsson, Archaeology and Nationalism in Iraq, 1921-2003, in R. Boytner, L. Swartz Dodd, B. J. Parker (eds), Controlling the Past, Owning the Future, Tucson, 2010, pp. 55-67 (pdf).

Stella Casiello (a cura di), La cultura del restauro. Teorie e fondatori, Marsilio, Venezia 1996 (biblioteca BAUM): LIMITATAMENTE AGLI ARGOMENTI TRATTATI.

R. Daher e I. Maffi, Introduction, in R. Daher e I. Maffi (a cura di) The politics and practices of cultural heritage in the Middle East, London 2014, pp. 1-38

Chiara Dezzi Bardeschi, Archeologia e Conservazione, Milano 2007: “Il dibattito sull’autenticità”, pp. 227 e 230 (pdf).

Marco Dezzi Bardeschi, Il valore discriminante dell'autenticità prima e dopo Nara, ANAGK, n. 52, 2007, pp. 70- 73 (pdf).

M. Diaz-Andreu, Guest editor's introduction. Nationalism and archaeology, Nations and Nationalism 7 (4), 2001, 429-440 (pdf).

EMEK SHAVEH, Archaeology in the Political Struggle over the Temple Mount/ Haram al-Sharif, pubblicazione on-line ( ) (pdf)

J. Fristch, The Jameel Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London: Working from Vision to Reality, pp. 189-200 (pdf)

B. Junod, G. Khalil, S. Weber, G. Wolf, Islamic Art and the Museum, London, Saqi, 2012:
Introduction, pp. 11-16 (pdf)

Daniele Manacorda, Il sito archeologico: fra ricerca e valorizzazione, Roma, Carocci, 2007: cap. 2, pp. 15-32; capp. 4-5, pp. 82-121 (pdf)

Daniele Manacorda, “Lo scavo archeologico”, in Il mondo dell’archeologia, Treccani, 2002 (on-line): capp. “Dall’antiquaria all’archeologia” e “La nascita dello scavo moderno”

Paolo Matthiae, Prima lezione di archeologia orientale, Roma-Bari, 2005: capp. 1 e 2 (pdf).

Cristina Muradore, Attività dell’Istituto Veneto per i Beni Culturali, da Nuove prospettive per la tutela dell'architettura vernacolare nella cooperazione tra Italia e Yemen, Tesi Magistrale, 2015 (pdf).

Giovanni Rizza, “Dalla scoperta dell’Antico all’archeologia moderna”, Il mondo dell’archeologia, Treccani, 2002 (on-line): capp. “Antichità classica e medioevo”, “L’Umanesimo e la nascita dell’archeologia”

David Shankland, Afterword: Heritage, Nationalism and Archaeology in the Republic of Turkey, in S. Redford and N. Ergin (eds.), Perceptions of The Past in the Turkish Republic: Classical and Byzantine Periods, Leuven, 2010, pp. 225-236 (pdf).

A. D. Smith, Authenticity, antiquity and archaeology, Nations and Nationalism 7 (4), 2001, pp. 441-449 (pdf).

Cristina Tonghini, Archeologia medievale e archeologia islamica, Archeologia Medievale, n. speciale 2014, pp. 33-40: solo il capitolo 1 (pdf).

Una legge speciale per Sana‘a (pdf)

Maria Rosaria Vitale, La cultura del restauro. Antologia di testi e fonti, dispense Università degli Studi di Catania, Facoltà di Architettura di Siracusa, a.a. 2010-2011: LIMITATAMENTE AGLI ARGOMENTI TRATTATI (pdf)

Stephen Vernoit, The rise of Islamic archaeology, Muqarnas, 14, 1997, pp.1-10 (pdf)

Lauso Zagato, con Marco Giampieretti, Lezioni di diritto internazionale ed europeo del patrimonio culturale, Venezia 2011 (BAUM): cap. 3, pp. 33-62.
written and oral
The student is required to submit an essay at least one week before the day of the oral examination. This essay will have to focus on a site visited by the student, preferably in the Islamic world. The topic should be agreed upon with the teacher.
This essay will be in two parts: the first one will summarise the results of research and studies concerned with the site. The second part will have to discuss the conservation and presentation of the site to the public, with the student's personal comments (35% final mark).

At the oral examination the student will be required to illustrate the topics treated in the course of the lectures, with the help of images if necessary (65 % final mark).

This course will be illustrated with images and specific documentation; the power-points of the various lectures will be made available in ISA. A number of discussion sessions are scheduled throughout the course; students are encouraged to contribute to the structure and topics of the discussion sessions as part of their course requirements; they will also have to develop a research paper to be presented before (at least one week) undertaking the oral examination.
An essay should be submitted to undertake the oral examination. See above for details
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  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book
Last update of the programme: 16/02/2018