Muslim Cultures of Heritage


Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars


Art History


For residence at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences during academic year 2020-2021


This research project examines tensions between the practices associated with cultural heritage preservation and religion, with a focus on the Muslim world. It addresses local, regional, and global scales through ethnographic research in Qatar and archival work in the Arabian Peninsula, Paris, Geneva, and London, bringing together historical and contemporary heritage narratives and policies. This examination of the global rise of heritage industries, its civil societies, and decolonizing discourses, redefines questions of agency for the broad Muslim world in a field dominated by conflict and terrorism-driven agendas.