"Documentation and Promotion of the Syriac Intangible Heritage in Mardin Region" is funded by the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).
The project aims to safeguard the intangible values through the documentation and dissemination of information on cultural practices of the Syriac community in the Mardin region and to assess the risks exposed to the tangible heritage of the same community. This project presents a case study where intangible heritage is conceived as integral to the tangible heritage and its preservation includes a strategy developed/accepted by its "inheritants".
Outputs of the Project include publications on intangible heritage, such as three booklets that provide detailed information about the Syriac intangible heritage, risks threatening this heritage, and recommendations for its safeguarding. Since the engagement of young generations within historic preservation is vital for sustainability of safeguarding heritage, we have also prepared a children's book.
All monuments issued in this website are registered by Ministry of Culture and Tourism (Turkey).
Safeguarding intangible Syriac heritage is an urgent need not only for the community itself, but also for the whole region called Turabdin in Syriac tradition. Turabdin was historically the home to a multilingual, multi-ethnic, multicultural, and multi-religious society. The communities within this society included Muslims, Christians, and Yazidis; and the languages spoken among them were Turkish, Arabic, Kurdish, and Syriac.
The Project included documenting and promoting the Syriac community’s cultural practices (including their language), engaging the networks of the Syriac activists, NGOs, and initiatives, supporting, and promoting their activities.
Over the course of 3 on-site research missions with 3 different multi-disciplinary teams composed of 20 experts, we documented a total of 60 edifices, some which had never before been architecturally studied. The documentation and risk assessment reports of these buildings at risk of destruction, are some crucial for preservation of Syriac heritage in the area. During this work, we engaged with the local communities as well as relevant national and international stakeholders in order to have as high an impact as possible.