The meaning of cultural conservation in Muslim societies

Arkoun, Mohammed (1994) The meaning of cultural conservation in Muslim societies. ICOMOS Scientific Journal, 3 . pp. 45-49. ISSN (ISBN) 955-613-054-3 [Article]

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Abstract (in English)

In "The Meaning of Cultural Conservation in Muslim Societies" Professor Arkoun points to an important psychological and intellectual difference in the way Muslims regard cultural conservation, the Muslim's perspective being theological and mythical, the European's historical, based on the evidence of written or material documents. There is an urgent need for new conceptual tools to address correctly the question of conservation in Muslim Societies and to elaborate an adequate terminology in the perspective of cultural semiology. Conservation is a radical endeavour to re-think the historical process of semiological disintegration and the necessary conditions of re-integration in the new context created by material and intellectual modernity. Politically, it is essential to conceive and to present conservation as a vital part of social and cultural development, and not as a luxurious exercise for tourists or rich amateurs.

Item Type: Article
Arkoun, Mohammed
Languages: English
Keywords: philosophy of conservation; history of conservation; Islamic cultures; comparative analysis; concepts; religions; cultural heritage; social aspects
Subjects: A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 07. History of conservation
A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 09. Philosophy of conservation
N. ANTHROPOLOGY > 03. Ethnology
National Committee: ICOMOS International
ICOMOS Special Collection: ICOMOS Scientific Journal (1993-1999)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 3
Volume: 3
ISSN: (ISBN) 955-613-054-3
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2023 15:39
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2023 14:40

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