Culture is integral to human development.
It is the fabric for the dynamic construction of individual and collective identities.
It is a route to social inclusion, peace building, and civic responsibility.
The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights is universal and declares culture as an integral part of human rights (Article 27).
Being part of the world heritage, the safeguarding of Syria’s culture is everyone’s responsibility.
During a post-conflict Syria, cultural heritage is a resource for generating much-needed income to various local communities and it can help restore community identity and pride.
Mirath in Depth
Mirath is dedicated to documenting and safeguarding Syria’s cultural heritage with the direct involvement of the local community. We also aim to establish ourselves as a reliable source of information on the heritage of Syria. Our ultimate goal is to establish a community-based heritage preservation network supported by the active engagement of the Syrian people in the protection and development of their cultural resources.
Mirath, formerly known as Syria Discovery-Tajwal, was established in 2004 by a group of Syrians from different backgrounds and walks of life united in a shared interest in their cultural heritage. It was one of the first community-based tourism projects in the country.
The initiative has three outcomes: Growth, Campaigning, and Field Operations.
Is a application showcases an inventory of Syria’s museum collections from data collected throughout 15 years of frequent field visits and personal lectures given at these sites. The objective is to fill the gap in both “in country” and public records of these collections and to raise awareness among the Syrian public about their shared heritage. As part of their tangible heritage, the collection of Syrian museums provides a physical manifestation of a people’s history and forms an important part of their identity.
We are currently building an inventory of Syria’s tangible heritage sites in order to record their importance in popular memory. The database of records will be published on a website and later be crowd-sourced to the public for further community engagement. The website is a public web application that allows users in the specific targeted area to interact with their cultural assets.