Inside Story

What can be done to stop cultural genocide?

The landmark al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its leaning minaret have been destroyed in Iraq.

The al-Nuri mosque in Mosul is the latest piece of Iraqi ancient history to be blown up.

Other archaeological gems in Afghanistan, Mali and Syria have suffered a similar fate.

What can be done to stop it? And how can the damaged cities recover from what some are calling a cultural genocide?

Presenter: Sohail Rahman


Ahmed Zaidan – journalist; documentary filmmaker who made a film on al-Nuri Mosque

Michael Danti – academic director of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR)

Amr Al-Azm – associate professor of Middle East history and anthropology at Shawnee State University in Ohio, US; former head of the centre for archaeological research at the University of Damascus