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The Art of Minorities – Cultural Representation in Museums of the Middle East and North Africa - Edinburgh Scholarship Online
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The Art of Minorities: Cultural Representation in Museums of the Middle East and North Africa

Virginie Rey


The idea of the museum as a space committed to dialogue and inclusive representation which is paramount to museology in the Global North has had trouble finding ground in the Middle East and North Africa where museums remain—and have mostly been depicted as—the carriers of homogenous national identities, at the expense of cultural and social difference. Research recently undertaken by anthropologists, museum specialists and historians reveal that this monolithic museographic conception of culture is in the process of being challenged. Whilst some public museums in the region have engaged in th ... More

Keywords: Museum, museology, Middle East, North Africa, anthropology, minorities, inclusion, exclusion, heritage, communities

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474443760
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474443760.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Virginie Rey, editor
University of California, Irvine

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Exhibiting Minorities

Minorities Exhibiting

Imagined Museums

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