With the regeneration of existing museums as well as the establishment of new ones, museum activity has, in recent years, undergone major and rapid development in the Arabian Peninsula. Alongside such rapid expansion, questions are inevitably raised as to the new challenges museums face in this region.
This volume addresses the issues facing museums in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Yemen and the UAE, with contributions from heritage practitioners with first-hand experience of working in the region and leading academics from a range of disciplines.
The interdisciplinary approaches analyse museum development from both an inside and outside perspective, suggesting that museums do not follow a uniform trajectory across the region, but are embedded within each states’ socio-cultural context, individual government agendas and political realities. Including case study analyses, new empirical data and critical evaluation of the role of the museum in Arabian Peninsula societies, this book adds fresh perspectives to the study of Gulf heritage and museology.
About the Editors
Karen Exell is a Consultant at Qatar Museums and is the Honorary Senior Research Associate at UCL Qatar.
Sarina Wakefield’s PhD research analyses the connections and tensions that emerge from combining autochthonous and franchised heritage in Abu Dhabi, UAE, providing a unique window into the process of creating hybrid heritage in non-western contexts.
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