4 November 2004

In Focus
 LEGACY OF ARAB CULTURE

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The Arab genius,which grew out of the meeting between“the marvels of Mesopotamia and ancient  Egypt,the mysteries of India and the Far East, the exploits of the Phoenicians, the boldness of the Carthaginians and the wisdom of the Greeks and Romans, left in its wake - more than the astrolabe or the calligraphy – the mark of a model form of tolerance. Such was the Andalou wonder: a great moment of the past to meditate in the present.  




Monreale cloister, Sicily
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Getting to know Arab culture better: The Sharjah Prize
The East dialogues with Japan: A Plan Arabia project
A recognized world heritage:  56 cultural sites
A 1000-year old civilization in peril: The Iraqi heritage
Maghreb and Machrek traditions: Proclaimed masterpieces
Memory of the World:  The Timbuktu manuscripts
Algiers, Carthage, arsenals of the Mediterranean:  The Navigation of Knowledge
 
News and Events
Vittorio De Sica died 30 years ago Paris, France
UNESCO Headquarters, Room I, 8 p.m.
05 11 2004 - The Permanent Delegation of Italy to UNESCO, the Instituto Italiano di Cultura and UNESCO are organizing a Tribute to Vittorio De Sica, the father of the Italian neorealist cinema.

Val de Loire World Heritage Orleans, France
02 11 2004 - 05 11 2004  The Fourth European Summer School - Val de Loire World Heritage will centre on the theme: “Economy and Heritage: Current Events, Interactions, Prospects”.

Education for Cultural Heritage Development Accra and Elmina, Ghana
01 11 2004 - 06 11 2004  African Regional Conference is to bring together local professionals to raise awareness among populations and decision-makers on the need to learn about, appreciate, safeguard and promote Africa’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage.
Media Arts Prospect Paris, France
01 11 2004 - The third session of the UNESCO DigiArts E-learning seminars about Vilém Flusser (1920-1991), one of the greatest media theorists of the late 20th century. 
UNESCO Crafts Prize 2004 for Africa Ouagadougou, Burkino Faso
29 10 2004 - 07 11 2004  The UNESCO Crafts Prize 2004 for Africa will be awarded on the occasion of the 9th International African Arts and Crafts Trade Show of Ouagadougou (SIAO). 

The Global Alliance, partner of WOMEX 2004 Essen, Germany
27 10 2004 - 31 10 2004  The World Music Expo, which is now being held for the tenth time, is the most important international professional market of world music of every kind. 

Yamato Declaration on Integrated Approaches for Safeguarding Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage Nara, Japan 
20 10 2004 - 23 10 2004 - International Conference on the Safeguarding of Tangible and Intangible Heritage.
UNESCO-Italy Agreement on emergency actions to protect Heritage
28 10 2004 - UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, Italian Culture Minister Giuliano Urbani, and Italy's Ambassador and Permanent Delegate to the Organization, Francesco Caruso, on Tuesday signed a Joint Declaration for the Safeguarding, Rehabilitation and Protection of Cultural and Natural Heritage. 
Reading

The Different Aspects of Islamic Culture (collection) 
L'Islam et l'Occident. Dialogues  by N. Bammate (book, in French) 
L'apport scientifique arabe à travers les grandes figures de l'époque classique by S. Ould Moulaye Ahmed (book, in French) 
MUSEUM International, no. 203: Islamic Collections (periodical) 
The UNESCO Courier: Al- Andalus, where three worlds met… (periodical) 

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