British Council awards grant to project “Cultural Corridors of Peace” by AUB’s Drs. Rami Zurayk and Tariq Tell, and INHERIT

The Institute for Heritage and Sustainable Human Development (INHERIT), part of the York Archaeological Trust (YAT) and the AUB-FAFS Department of Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management (LDEM) received a £100,000 grant from the British Council  for their joint project on Preserving the living memory of the pastoral routes and heritage of the Bedouin in Lebanon, or else known as Cultural Corridors of Peace.​

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The project is funded by the British Council’s £30m Cultural Protection Fund (CPF) in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) of the UK government. DCMS works to protect the cultural heritages at risk due to conflict in the Middle East and North Africa.

The team is comprised by Dr. Rami Zurayk (FAFS) and Dr. Tariq Tell (FAS), Mrs Aphrodite Sorotou (INHERIT), Dr. Chris Dalglish (INHERIT), and Dr. Jala Makhzoumi, an independent researcher and consultant.

The project aims to work towards the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage of the Bedouin communities of Bekaa in Lebanon, whose traditional lifestyle is under risk due to the limitations posed by socio-economic circumstances in Lebanon and the restriction of their movement across the Syro-Lebanese border. The Bedouin are a group of nomadic people who have historically inhabited areas of the Levant, North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. This project will document, archive and share the traditional skills, heritage and living memory of the Bedouin, and will seek to raise the awareness of their cultural identity, values and traditional practices. For more information on the project, click here​.​