20.11.2009 -

New publication on cultural heritage “The Diversity of the Chechen Culture”

Within the activities aimed at the safeguarding of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage and promotion of cultural diversity the interdisciplinary studies were conducted and the bilingual electronic book in English and Russian “The Diversity of the Chechen Culture” was prepared with the support of the UNESCO Moscow Office.

The pilot project was implemented in partnership with the “Latta” Foundation for the Development of Science and Culture, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Culture of the Chechen Republic, the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences and in consultation with the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO.

The activity turned up to be a follow up of the 2006-2007 project on inventorying, assessment and monitoring of the monuments and their conditions located on the territory of the Argunski State Historical-Architectural and Natural Museum-Reserve. The studies which leaded to the process of the preparation of the e-book covered various aspects of culture, including religion and ethics as expressed in folklore and literature, as well as theatre, music and dance, the history of painting, traditional crafts and museums, and the history of medieval architecture.

Prepared in Russian and English languages, the e-book represents a unique example of a full compendium on the Chechen culture and is among the first attempts to offer a monographic study on the subject. Its contents reflect such UNESCO’ priorities as the equality of all cultures, protection of cultural heritage in all its forms, respect for cultural rights, promotion of the intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity.

As it was stated by Mr. A. Busygin, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation, the publication is an important event in the cultural life of Russia and a new step towards deep and all-round dialogue of cultures and confessions of the country with a view to strengthening its unity through tolerance, religious toleration, openness and rapprochement of cultures on the basis of universal moral values.

Thanks to the additional support of the Ziya Bazhayev Charity Foundation, the book was printed out for free distribution to the main educational and cultural institutions.

The monograph is intended for researchers, students and the public-at-large taking interest in Chechen culture and history.

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