Mgr. Miroslav Melčák, Ph.D. , Doc. Mgr. Karel Nováček, Ph.D., Mgr.Lenka Starková, Ph.D., Mgr. Ondřej Beránek, Ph.D. (Orientální ústav)
On June 10, 2014, the northern Iraqi metropolis of Mosul was occupied by the radical organization ISIS. A formal proclamation of a new caliphate was issued only three days later and closed with these words: “And now, you should go forth and enjoy a just and peaceful Islamic rule (...), you shall ﬁnd what a remarkably great diﬀerence it is compared to the unjust secular government.” The result of this three-year long “just rule” of ISIS has been the death of about 50,000 Mosul inhabitants, half a million exiles and a totally devastated city, which had been, before the war, one of the most valuable heritage towns in the Middle East. The most precious monuments, which once proclaimed the multifarious ethnical and religious past of the town, have fallen victim to the Mosul cultural genocide. A group of Czech historians and archaeologists, along with their Iraqi colleagues, have started to systematically track these cultural losses. Their project is an attempt to digitally revive the irretrievably destroyed heritage of the city of Mosul.
8. 11. 2017