By Juliette Van Krieken-Pieters
This quantity adopts a multidisciplinary method with contributions from archaeologists, linguists, an architect and attorneys to the various demanding situations This complete quantity on Afghanistan's cultural historical past with contributions from archaeologists, linguist and attorneys, facing the various matters enthusiastic about its safety, offers an insiders' reassessment of the placement and well-considered classes for the longer term.
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In this ﬁlm, often aired on Afghan television and shown throughout the country in a mobile cinema project (organized by Aina)15 a young girl embarks on a ﬂying carpet tour with a magician who shows her the most important monuments of the country, in an eﬀort to make her understand the value of her country’s cultural heritage. A plot unfolds as a demon follows the pair, leading to a thrilling climax. 15 Aina (mirror in Dari) is an acronym for a French media-related NGO. spach: an overview of activities since 1994 31 Lectures, Seminars and Other Forums SPACH, over the years, has tried to assist in the development of strategies and policies that would move Afghan institutions towards strengthening their ability to preserve cultural heritage.
Emergency Conservation Works The coming to power of the Taliban in 1996 further justiﬁed the necessary role of SPACH in Afghanistan. Although the Taliban were generally hostile to numerous facets of Afghan culture, they did provide cultural heritage with a relatively more secure environment in which to conduct emergency conservation work to particular monuments in urgent need, at least until the ﬁnal year of the regime. In these more secure conditions SPACH began taking on restoration projects, mostly at the insistence of SPACH’s Afghan partners and later through assurances by the Taliban themselves.
There were some legitimate suspicions about the motives of the Taliban given their general hostility to cultural heritage outside their particular stream of Islam. 7 The exhibition took place and twenty-four objects were put on display in the entrance and hallway, half of which were permanently in place, including the superb clay Bodhisattva from Tepe Maranjan. 7 See for example the decrees of Mullah Omar, SPACH Newsletter No. 6, May 2000, 18. spach: an overview of activities since 1994 25 The former library was turned into an exhibition room and eight tables of ethnographic artefacts, mainly from Nuristan, and conﬁscated objects from the Islamic period, were put on display.