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IRAQ Museum

May 11, 2010 at Johann Sebastian Bach Hall - Selecteum
with Dr. Munir TAHA

Dr. Munir Y. Taha is an Iraqi archaeologist with an outstanding international reputation. He received his PhD. degree from Cambridge University (UK), His M.A. degree from Institute of Fine Arts and Archaeology, New York University and his B.A. degree from Archaeology Department, Baghdad University.

Currently he is archaeology expert at Qatar Museums Authority, and full professor (visitor) at Qatar University. Some of his previous posts and positions are: Curator of Iraq Museum, head of Iraqi archaeological missions to UAE, Bahrain, Tunisia and Libya. Director General for Regional Centre for Conservation of Arab Countries Cultural Heritage (UNESCO). Director General of the Directorates General of Antiquities and Heritage for the Northern and Southern Regions (Iraq) 

Dr. Taha has published a number of books and tens of articles all of which dealt and shed light on the archaeology and history of Mesopotamia, the Arabian Gulf and the Ancient Near East. He also attended numbers of conferences, symposiums, and seminars, where he delivered lectures, papers and assays. His very exceptional conference, however, was held at the “Selecteum of Arts and Sciences” in Beirut on May 11, 2010. 

In his lecture Dr. Taha has traced the creation of Iraq Museum in (1923) its past and its present. Revealing for the crowded audience the mysteriousness, the cultural accomplishments and the chronology of the cradle of civilization which used to be called then Sumer and Akkad, Mesopotamia, and now Iraq. 

The essence of the lecture lies in revelation, how he and his five colleagues managed to remove all the treasures and all the displayed antiquities at Iraq Museum and stored them in save places back in 1989. Consequently when the museum was looted and plundered in (April 2003), only few unique pieces were stolen along with many coins cylinder seals and jewelry. Their total number was 15000. 

Part of the lecture was also concentrated on the many attempts to break into the (central bank) in order to plunder the treasures kept there. In the second part of the lecture, however, Dr. Taha showed more than hundred and twenty slides a great deal of them showed the devastation caused by the looters and the plunders to the Iraq Museum in April 2003. 

The third part of the lecture was ended with serious discussions, and great reception (showered) by the President of Selecteum of Arts and Sciences Mrs. DÉDÉ HOURANI.

Beirut, City of Contrast

July 1, 2009 at Johann Sebastian Bach Hall - Selecteum
with Dr. Nina Jidejian

Very few words are needed to introduce Dr. Nina Jidejian.

It is intended to make a brief statement of her long and rich career as an archeologist and historian. 

In her last book “BEIRUT, a city of contrast”, there are loads of interesting material to discover about all the periods of this city when Ottomans, Russians, Italians, English and French, each had their turn of triumph, occupation and defeat. 

And it’s a great happiness for her and for whom who have assisted in the preparation of this edition into which she threw so much knowledge of her culture and so much of her time on research. 

Her objective was to write this book which may serve as a historical account, complete so far as it goes of the principal events with which Beirut is concerned from the A.D. period till mid 19th century; there is not a single stone in this city that has not been reddened with human blood and Beirut, through all the periods, emerges from all its ashes like the Phoenix.

In “BEIRUT, a City of Contrast” Nina Jidejian emphasizes how Beirut, from the earliest times, has been a city of contrast where different powers of the old World met and clashed.

Beirut during her long history has experienced the wars of others on her soil: Pharaohs against Hittites, Seleucids against Ptolemy, Byzantines against Arabs, Seljuk, Crusaders against Mamelukes, Ottomans and during the nineteenth century, the intervention of Europeans powers.

Beirut overcame all these obstacles, be they man-made or natural disasters, to become the capital of a country, although divided by diversity, yet has eighteen religious communities living side by side.

The Orient Heritage of Humanity

December 2, 2008 at Johann Sebastian Bach Hall - Selecteum
with Mr. Richard Chahine
and under the high Patronage of his Excellency Mr. Minister Tammam Salam

The DVD contains 47000 sites archeological, geographical, historical and religious from Caucase to Morocco with 12000 illustrations.

The author of this immense work is Mr. Richard Abdallah Chahine. Impassioned by the philosophy of the history, antique dealer of trade established on the place since 1960, editor of 20 scores of art carrying all about the region as well as portfolios reproducing the fabrics of the great eastern painters, in particular the David Roberts, this large curious and large fritterer offers the results of his peregrinations for us.

Nothing astonishing as much as a high sensitivity to art and to beauty either to his paroxysm in somebody who was well known in the world of music and of its instruments, the establishments Abdallah Chahine.

The work which is presented to you is the sum of a whole life of research and jealously accumulated knowledge.

Thanks to the initiation of Mrs. Leila Badr that this DVD was born. She had strongly pushed the author, so such a treasure will not be forgotten.

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