Experts: Archaeological sites enhance Qatar’s role in promoting Islamic culture

06 July, 2021

 

Archeology experts said that the archaeological sites are promoting Islamic culture, during the activities of Doha Capital of Culture in the Islamic World 2021. They noted that these sites and the knowledge treasures and historical evidence contributed to enriching culture, and diversity, which enhances the link between the history of Islamic nation and its civilization.

The experts said that heritage sites are cultural institutions aimed at spreading awareness of heritage and civilization and its architectural achievements, pointing to the Qatari keenness to sponsor many archaeological sites in the Islamic world, for the role of these sites in highlighting the civilized role of the Islamic nation.

They added that Doha with all its unique archaeological sites has already become a rich cultural space, a mirror of heritage diversity, a model for dialogue with the other, and a witness to the richness of local culture, which has strengthened Qatar’s role in promoting the culture in Islamic world.

Dr. Mohammed Khalifa Al-Kuwari, Professor in the Department of Humanities at the College of Arts and Sciences at Qatar University, said that Qatar is one of the first countries to embrace Islam since the era of the Prophet, and its Arab identity extends to pre-Islamic times, as Qatar has been known by its current name since more than 2000 Year.

He added: “The location of Qatar in the middle of the western coast of the Arabian Gulf has an important role in Islamic civilization, and this was reflected in the local architecture, and the suitability of this architecture to the natural desert conditions of the country.

He pointed out that many local archaeological sites bear witness to this architecture that was inherited by generations throughout history, and that some local and imported building materials represented part of the history of architecture in Qatar.

It indicates that Qatar has restored many sites, and it has become a living history and a witness to Islamic architecture.

Abdulaziz Al-Bohashem Al-Sayed, a researcher in Qatari heritage and history, describes the activities of Doha capital of Islamic culture, as “a great step, reflecting Qatar’s importance and position in the Islamic world, as well as its fingerprints in various parts of it by contributing to the restoration of many archaeological sites, which reflects the collective awareness

He added that the members of Qatari society are aware of the importance of these antiquities, and that Qatar, which has a long history and legacy, is keen to sponsor it in various countries.

He mentioned that Doha events bring back memories of this ancient history, especially since Qatar translated its support for the care of heritage sites by holding many exhibitions of a heritage nature, in addition to the collections of Qatar Museums dating back to various Islamic eras, which we are proud of.

Al-Sayed appreciated the efforts of Ministry of Culture and Sports and Qatar Museums in preserving antiquities and spreading awareness about them, by organizing the events of Doha capital of Islamic culture.

About the importance of the cultural aspect in highlighting the importance of heritage sites during the activities of Doha capital of Islamic culture, the writer Noor Atiq Al-Muraikhi said that Qatar has witnessed a rapid and dramatic change away from historical pearling and the Bedouin lifestyle, after the discovery of oil resources in 1940, and that protecting this type of heritage is a social responsibility of civil society organizations and members of society, not just the role of government institutions.

She added that the developing awareness of the importance of intangible heritage is vital. She added: “We need to filter the pure Qatari heritage from the adopted heritage, especially since with the development of the local economy, the state began to attract a large expatriate workforce, and this posed a new challenge to the state’s cultural identity”.

She notes that Qatar Museums works with educational institutions to provide resources for students and researchers who study cultural heritage, and young researchers should be directed to this field, for example, by holding a course on folk literature in universities and various projects to protect and promote Qatar’s history and culture.

Dr. Omar Al-Ajli, a lecturer at the Community College, said that the Islamic culture is the knowledge of the components of the nation with its interactions in the past and the present, in the totality of religion, language, history, civilization, values ​​and civilizational accumulation.

He added that the civilized reality in Qatar has been tainted by Islamic culture, through the deepening of civilized behavior within the system of inherited morals and values ​​that protect the individual and society, and the affirmation of identity and belonging through the arms of cultural activity, in addition to the role of the museums’ diverse mission in confirming communication, and contributing to cultural diversity through Libraries, institutions and cultural centers, the contribution of the educational process to the accumulation of knowledge and science, and its path to deepening the value system.

He drew attention to heritage sites, which are links in which the vision of the present and future generations converge with the stories of the past and its glorious days, in a way that enhances the historical identity and civilizational affiliation.

Dr. Ali Afifi Ali Ghazi, a researcher in history, said that heritage sites represent an important component of Islamic culture, and therefore play a vital role in promoting the objectives of the activities of Doha capital of Islamic culture, and highlights its position among the peoples of the world, as well as the Qatari identity, which is based on the Arabic language and Islamic civilization, and then presents an authentic Qatari culture, showing Qatar’s celebration of its past and present, and enhancing national belonging, through its heritage and archaeological evidence, and aspects of the intangible heritage, and documents the development that Qatar has witnessed throughout its history.

He added that the heritage sites are cultural institutions whose aim is to spread awareness of heritage, civilization and its architectural achievements, and present a traditional way of life and Islamic architecture.

He pointed out that heritage sites make Doha a rich cultural space, a mirror of heritage diversity, dialogue with the other, and a witness to the richness of local culture, and Qatar’s role in promoting culture in the Islamic world, and in recognition of its cultural heritage and civilizational contribution, and a testimony to its heritage memory, and makes Doha A land for dialogue, a meeting place for cultures, openness to civilizations.