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Historical Developments and Contemporary Discourses



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November 29, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages - 41 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

Museums of the Arabian Peninsula offers new insights into the history and development of museums within the region. Recognising and engaging with varied approaches to museum development and practice, the book offers in-depth critical analyses from a range of viewpoints and disciplines.

Drawing on regional and international scholarship, the book provides a critical and detailed analysis of museum and heritage institutions in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, Yemen and the UAE. Questioning and engaging with issues related to the institutionalisation of cultural heritage, contributors provide original analyses of current practice and challenges within the region. Considering how these challenges connect to broader issues within the international context, the book offers the opportunity to examine how museums are actively produced and consumed from both the inside and the outside. This critical analysis also enables debates to emerge that question the appropriateness of existing models and methods and provide suggestions for future research and practice.

Museums of the Arabian Peninsula offers fresh perspectives that reveal how Gulf museums operate from local, regional and transnational perspectives. The volume will be a key reference point for academics and students working in the fields of museum and heritage studies, memory studies, history, cultural studies, politics and studies of the Middle East.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Sarina Wakefield  

Part I Museum Trajectories

Chapter 2: Repositioning the Past in the Present: Notes on the Development of Jordanian Museography

Irene Maffi

Chapter 3: Heritage in the Crosshairs: Can Yemen’s Museums Survive?

Stephen Steinbeiser

Chapter 4: Transfiguring Islam, Ethics and Politics through Museum Practices to Forge the Sultanate of Oman

Part II Development Models and Policies

Chapter 5: Qatar’s Accelerated Museum Developmental Model: Rhetoric, Actors and Expertise

Serena Iervolino

Chapter 6: Cultural Diffusion and its Impact on Heritage Representation in the Kingdom of Bahrain

Pierre Lombard and Nadine Boksmati-Fattouh

Chapter 7: Location and Nation: Embodying Kuwait’s National Narrative

Marjorie Kelly

Part III Cross-Border Practices

Chapter 8: Transnational Museologies in the UAE: New models or historicised global practice?

Sarina Wakefield

Chapter 9: Beyond Museum Walls: Envisioning a Role for Cultural Institutions as Instigators of Cross-Cultural Diplomacy

Alex Aubry

Chapter 10: Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue: Cultural district or culture diaspora?

Sabrina DeTurk

Part IV: Community Engagement and Professional Practice

Chapter 11: Visitor Motivation: Sharjah Museums

Mona Al Ali

Chapter 12: From ‘Academic Lectures’ to ‘Hands-on Learning’:

A case study in the practical application of ‘Appropriate Museology’

Catherine Cezeaux, Genevieve Fisher and Joseph A. Greene

Chapter 13: Does it matter if museums are ‘global’?

Pamela Erskine-Loftus

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Biography

Sarina Wakefield is a Lecturer in the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. She is also the Founder and Director of the Museums in Arabia conference series.