Destruction of Islamic heritage: How and Why




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Published on Jan 18, 2013

Destruction of Islamic heritage: How and Why


Dr Irfan Al Alawi*

Jerome Taylor**

Despite the systematic destruction of Islam's earliest sites in Hijaz, little attention has been directed to this tragic episode which is continuing. It is claimed that 90 percent of that heritage has been destroyed in the past nine decades. The seminar aims at highlighting the extent of the destruction, the motivation and the possibility of protecting whatever has remained in Mecca and Medina.

Date: Tuesday, 15th January 2013

Time: 6.30pm

* Irfan Al Alawi is executive director of the Islamic Heritage Research Foundation, international director of the Centre for Islamic Pluralism. He is University Lecturer London\California and Research Fellow at Leiden University. He studied at Al-Azhar University- C.Phil in Islamic History and PhD in Islamic Theology and Tasawwuf {Islamic Spirituality. He is also Barrister at Law, expert on Middle East Affairs, historian on Mecca /Medina, expert on Radical Islam and also expert on Cultural vandalism in Saudi Arabia. He was a student of the famous Imam Sayyid Habib Ahmad Mashhur Al Haddad Al Alawi

**Jerome Taylor is an award winning reporter and the religious affairs correspondent at The Independent newspaper where he has worked for the last six years. As well as covering general news, religion and Islamic issues, he has reported extensively from abroad including Kazakhstan, the Kenya/Somalia border, Indonesia, Poland, Pakistan, South Korea, Nicaragua, India, Norway, Italy & France. Recently his work opening up the Court of Protection to media access was shortlisted for the Paul Foot investigative journalism award whilst his reports on human rights violations in Belarus was also shortlisted by Amnesty International.


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