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The Destruction of Cultural Property as a Weapon of War: ISIS in Syria and Iraq

Friday 11/August/2017 - 08:46 AM
Sada El Balad

This book aims to advance the understanding of cultural property in armed conflict, and its significance for anti-terrorism and peace-building strategies. As the author argues, ISIS’ orchestrated theft and destruction of cultural property has become a tactic of war. Through a historical, political, and legal analysis, this book explains the pathology of radical groups’ behavior toward cultural objects as part of their terror campaign. Using constructivist ideas, it explains the importance of cultural property in the context of short-term and long-term security and analyzes the evolution of laws and policies to protect it.

Editorial Reviews
“This is an exceedingly important study of why cultural heritage has become a target and a tool of war. For the past few years, the cradle of civilization has been held hostage by a group of lawless individuals, who seek to break the continuity of our human history. By examining the latest wave of terrorist attacks on cultural property, this book effectively highlights the rationales for such acts, ultimate costs to society as a whole, and legal responses by the international community. A wonderful blend of legal analysis, politics, and history. This book should be of interest to legal scholars, political scientists, and international relations specialists.” (Félix E. Martín, Associate Professor of International Relations, Florida International University, USA)

Hardcover: 207 pages
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed. 2018 edition (July 25, 2017)
Language: English
Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches

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