Politics of Cultural Heritage in the Modern Middle East, 1800 to the Present (3 Cr.)

In August 2015, ISIS beheaded the 82-year-old Syrian archeologist and director of the ancient city of Palmyra, Khaled al-Assaad, because he refused to reveal the location of invaluable ancient artifacts. Among the innumerable vicious acts of parbarism committed by ISIS in recent years, Mr. al-Assad's grisly death provoked particular horror and outrage in the international media and on social networks.