Makhzoumi, Jala. “Is Rural Heritage Relevant in an Urbanizing Mashreq? Exploring the Discourse of Landscape Heritage in Lebanon” in The Politics and Practices of Cultural Heritage in the Middle East. Positioning the Material Past in Contemporary Societies, edited by Maffi, I. and Rami Daher. I. B. Tauris: London, 2014, pp. 233-252.
The phenomenal growth of cities in the Middle East has come to undermine the incredibly diverse rural heritage in this region. Discussing the rural heritage in a Lebanese village, this paper argues for expanding our conceptualizing of cultural heritage beyond the built and tangible to include ‘landscape’ and intangible associated values.