updated Thu. February 16, 2023
New York Times
July 14, 2017
Zainab Bahrani. Professor, ancient Near Eastern art and archaeology, Columbia University. One of the things that I've dreamed about — though maybe it's just a pipe dream — is for the Met to create a sister relationship with museums in Iraq and, ultimately, Syria that need to be renovated and restarted.
Times Higher Education (THE)
April 26, 2017
I had a 1924 volume of Greek myths, illustrated by Margaret Evans Price, which was a treasured possession in my childhood. I loved anything about ancient Greece, but I read any stories with historical settings, such as E. Nesbit's The Story of the Amulet, as well as fantasy stories such as the works ofÃâÃÂ ...
April 5, 2017
In the Chinese version of Star Trek, Liu awakes from prolonged cryogenic sleep and discovers a note: “Welcome, Law! [Cantonese version of Liu]. In the next five years you'll be in charge of the spaceship alone, and the long dark nights will be lonely. Hopefully the delicacies will console your soul. Go check the fridge!
San Francisco Examiner
February 2, 2017
Zainab Bahrani: The Columbia University professor of art history and archaeology discusses her new book “Art of Mesopotamia.” [6 p.m., Oshman Hall, Mcmurtry Building, 355 Roth Way, Stanford University]. FRIDAY, FEB. 3. Scrappin' (Schrotten!): The debut feature by Oscar-nominated German filmmakerÃâÃÂ ...
November 23, 2016
Like Botta, many of the early archeologists were also government officials, explained Zainab Bahrani, professor for ancient Near Eastern Art and archeology at Columbia University in New York. "Archeology as a European scientific discipline has always been closely tied to political interests." Judging theÃâÃÂ ...
February 28, 2016
Scholars of the imperial and modern Middle East such as Neil Silberman, Zainab Bahrani, Magnus Bernhardsson and Lawrence Gilot have noted that the manipulation of the ancient past, by colonial and postcolonial powers alike, has inflamed popular alienation from the non-Islamic past. Regardless ofÃâÃÂ ...
November 11, 2015
A few weeks ago, I sat down with Dr. Zainab Bahrani, Edith Porada Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Art and Archaeology at Columbia University and director of the Columbia University fieldwork project Mapping Mesopotamian Monuments, to ask about her perspective on the matter. In the past, Dr.
November 7, 2015
unnamed-1 In 2014, the militant group calling themselves the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria began destroying cultural heritage sites and artifacts—mosques and shrines, churches, and ancient and medieval monuments—in Libya, Syria, and Iraq, using bulldozers and explosives. Pre-Islamic, Islamic, earlyÃâÃÂ ...
February 27, 2015
“I condemn this as a deliberate attack against Iraq's millennial history and culture, and as an inflammatory incitement to violence and hatred,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. We speak to Zainab Bahrani, professor of Near Eastern and East Mediterranean art and archeology at ColumbiaÃâÃÂ ...
October 7, 2014
He quoted the Iraqi-born academic Zainab Bahrani: “The entirety of Iraq is a world cultural heritage site, and there is no way that a strategic bombing can avoid something archaeological.” Just as recent “humanitarian” interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq or Libya have culminated in humanitarian catastrophes,ÃâÃÂ ...
Hurriyet Daily News
July 9, 2013
Turkey's Culture Ministry has recently been leading an aggressive and very public drive to reclaim antiquities that it says were looted from Ottoman and Turkish lands by Western archaeologists. The campaign, described by Andrew Finkel as “a matter of national pride,” is a neat demonstration of how ourÃâÃÂ ...
March 6, 2013
In the second issue of the magazine Document Journal, art historian Zainab Bahrani gives a first-hand account of the destruction of the National Library and State Archives of Iraq, an institution that collected thousands of historical documents, legal papers, manuscripts, clay tablets. In the spring of 2003, theÃâÃÂ ...
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