The dynamic of linear settings: Hijaz Railroad

Assi, Eman (2005) The dynamic of linear settings: Hijaz Railroad. In: 15th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Monuments and sites in their setting - conserving cultural heritage in changing townscapes and landscapes’, 17 – 21 oct 2005, Xi'an, China. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

The consideration of Cultural Routes as a new concept or category does not oppose in any way the established categories of cultural heritage. Rather, it recognizes and enhances their significance within an integrated, interdisciplinary and shared framework. This approach enhances not only understanding and communication among the peoples of the world, but opens the door to increased cooperation in the work of preserving the cultural heritage. The paper will try to identify the Hijaz Railroad as a cultural route that has its own specific dynamic and historic functionality which reflect interactive movement of people as well as multi-dimensional continuous exchange of goods, ideas , knowledge and values. The Hijaz Railway was originally built to transport pilgrims from Damascus to Madinah, where they would travel on to Mecca for the Muslim Pilgrimage. The idea was first put forward in 1864 during the height of the age of great railways around the world, but it was not until 40 years later (1908) that the Hijaz Railway came into being. Before the Hijaz Railway, Muslim pilgrims traveled to Madinah by camel caravan following the footsteps of earlier commercial or religious routes. The author will apply the defining elements proposed by CIIC International Charter on Cultural Route16. The identification process will be based on a set of tangible evidences and elements that witness to its significance and will take into account its natural and demographic geographic context, its functionality, its symbolic and spiritual dimension. The author at the end recommend and stress on the need to revive the national significance of the Hijaz Railroad and the necessity for preservation and management plan on regional level .

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Assi, Eman
Languages: English
Keywords: cultural routes; pilgrimage route; concept; CIIC ICOMOS; intangible heritage
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 07. Cultural routes
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 19A. Places of religion and ritual
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Hijaz Railroad
International Scientific Committee: Cultural Routes
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2005, 15th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2010 13:05
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2023 14:28

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