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Rescue in Kuwait: a United Nations Success Story

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UNESCO’s efforts in favour of museums have taken many forms over the past fifty years but rarely has the Organization been called upon to react to such dramatic circumstances as those arising from the invasion of Kuwait in 1990. In reply to the appeal of the Government of Kuwait to restore the treasures of the Kuwait National Museum and the world-famous Dar al-Arthar al-Islamiyyah collection, which had been removed to Iraq, the United Nations system marshalled an immediate response that resulted in the return of some 20,000 objects and the refurbishing of a new home for the collection. Sheikha Hussah al-Sabah is director of Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah and executive editors of its newsletter, Hadeeth al-Dar. She is on the steering committee of the Islamic Research Centre for History, Arts and Culture in Istanbul, and a member of the cultural advisory committee of the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. Together with her husband, Sheikh Nasser al-Sabah, she is co-owner of the Dar al-Athar collection.
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Document Type: Original Article

Affiliations: Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah; Islamic Research Centre for History, Arts and Culture, Istanbul; and Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris

Publication date: 1998-01-01

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