The Nahrein Network



From time to time we produce podcast interviews with members, partners and collaborators of the Nahrein Network. Listen here or subscribe to our SoundCloud channel.

An Interview with Dr Hossam Mahdy on rethinking conservation in the Middle East 

The Nahrein Network spoke with Dr Hossam Mahdy, conservation architect, who is working to rethink and reform the ways in which conservation activity is pursued in the Middle East.

Dr Mahdy speaks about the significance of community and intangible cultural heritage to sustainability and cultural continuity.

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An interview with Professor Nasser Jassem - University of Mosul

Professor Nasser Jassem, previous head of Mosul University Library (2003-2011) and former director of the Unit for the Study of Orientalism, completed a scholarship at University College London in 2019.

Professor NasserJassem speaks about Edward Said and Orientalism, the future of scholarship in Iraq and life under the Islamic State in Mosul.

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An interview with Dr Ali Naji of Kufa University, Iraq

The Nahrein Network interviews scholarship awardee, Dr Ali Naji, who is both the principal investigator of a Research Grant Award and a Nahrein Network - British Institute for the Study of Iraq (BISI) scholarship awardee. 

In this podcast Dr Ali speaks about heritage challenges in Najaf and Kufa in Iraq and his research at Kufa University into the connections between tangible and intangible heritage in the country.

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An interview with Mr Dlshad A. Mutalb of the Directorate of Antiquities, Soran, Erbil

The Nahrein Network had the pleasure of interviewing Mr Dlshad A. Mutalb, heritage manager of the Directorate of Antiquities in Soran, in Iraqi Kurdistan, who completed a scholarship at Cambridge University under the support and supervision of Professor Graeme Barker. Dlshad speaks about Northern Iraq's important neanderthal site, Shanidar Cave.

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An interview with Sir Terence Clark as Chairman of the Friends of Basrah Museum

Sir Terence Clark, former British Ambassador to Iraq and until recently, chair of the Friends of Basrah Museum, spoke about his work in establishing the Basrah Museum.

To learn more about the Friends of Basrah Museum and its work, go to:


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Interview with Dr Mustafa Dogan, Nahrein Visiting Scholar on his work with ecomuseums

The podcast covers Doğan's research in the UK and his plans to establish an eco-museum in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey

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Father Rami Simoun - representative of the Dominican Covenant and Latin Church in Iraq

Father Rami Simoun - representative of the Dominican Covenant and Latin Church in Iraq speaks about the Christian community in the country today.

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Interview with Dr Olcay Muslu Gardner (Mustafa Kemal Hatay University)

Listen to Dr Olcay Muslu Gardner speak about musical traditions, sustainability and the scholarship she undertook at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Dr Olcay is assistant professor at the Mustafa Kemal Hatay University, Turkey. She is the first recipient of the Visiting Scholars Scheme to be jointly supported by the British Institute at Ankara.

Her work is concerned with identifying dimensions of sustainability for traditional music in the region of Sanlurfa, Turkey. The visiting scholarship enabled her to conduct research at UK academic libraries and to develop relationships with traditional Turkish music groups in and around London.

Olcay's scholarship was managed by the Nahrein Network and the British Institute at Ankara and funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

For further information read about Olcay's scholarship here:


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Interview with Dr Robert Bewley, Director of EAMENA

The Nahrein Network interviews Oxford University based archaeologist Dr Robert Bewley, Project Director and Co-founder of the EAMENA project.

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Interview with Professor Graeme Barker about Shanidar Cave

The Nahrein Network had the pleasure of speaking with one of the world's foremost archaeologists, Professor Graeme Barker.

Professor Barker, Senior Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, speaks here about his recent work in the Shanidar Cave in the province of Erbil.

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Interview with founders of Mosul Book Bridge

The Nahrein Network interviews Dr Alaa Hamdon of Mosul University (Nahrein Network - British Institute for the Study of Iraq (BISI) scholarship recipient) and archaeologist Dr Caroline Sandes, who founded Mosul Book Bridge to support the rebuilding of Mosul University Library.

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Building a heritage network in Iraqi Kurdistan - An interview with Dr Rozhen Kamal Mohammed Amin

This is a podcast recording with Co-Investigator Dr Rohzen Kamal Mohammed-Amin on the Nahrein Network funded project 'A Cultural Heritage Network for the Kurdistan Region: Challenges and Opportunities'.

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The Wolf of Baghdad - A conversation with Carol Isaacs and Daniel Jonas

The Nahrein Network speaks to creators of the audio-visual graphic memoir of a lost homeland. Carol and Daniel speak about their memories, experiences and work revolving around Iraqi Jewish music heritage.

For more information on Carol Isaacs and Daniel Jonas work see:


The link to the song by the Kuwaiti Brothers at the beginning of the podcast: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybw7INieV…V10&start_radio=1

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Art heritage in Iraq - Dr Ahmed Naji

Independent researcher Dr Ahmed Naji speaks about his work in documenting and preserving Iraq's modern art heritage and discusses plans to safeguard it against further damage. Dr Naji gives an eloquent talk of the state of Iraq's art heritage over the past few years and its connections to development and identity.

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Interview with the Director of Mosul University Libraries

The director of Mosul University Libraries, Mr Mohammed Jasim Aal-Hajiahmed, speaks about national and international efforts to rehabilitate the libraries of the University of Mosul.

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Museums in Iraq - Paul Collins at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Dr Paul Collins - Curator at Ashmolean Museum and Co-Principal Investigator of the Nahrein Network, as well as current chairperson of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq speaks about storytelling and museums in Iraq, and their role in society.

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Building interactive learning environments - Rozhen Mohammed of Sulaimani Polytechnic University

Dr Rozhen Mohammed, an architect and urban planner and head of the Digital Cultural Heritage Research Group at Sulaimani Polytechnic University, speaks about using interactive technologies to create a better museum experience in Iraqi Kurdistan and its importance in improving public engagement in cultural heritage.

Dr Rozhen is a recipient of the Nahrein Network and British Institute for the Study of Iraq Visiting Scholarships Scheme.

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UNESCO in Iraq - Louise Haxthausen, Director of the UNESCO Office for Iraq

Director of the UNESCO Office for Iraq, Louise Haxthausen, speaks about the rebuilding of Mosul and national and international efforts to revive its spirit of co-existence, learning and education.

Louise Haxthausen also speaks about the importance of a $50m contribution from the Government of the UAE to rebuild the destroyed al Nuri Mosque complex and the Habda Minerat, and the role of intangible heritage as an essential part of reconstruction.

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Tourism in Iraq - Ali al-Makhzomy, founder of BilWeekend tour company

The Nahrein Network speaks to Mr Ali al-Makhzomy, founder of Bilweekend tour company in Iraq, which caters to local tourists.

Mr al-Makhzomy was awarded a research grant by the Nahrein Network and partner, the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, to undertake research on developing new methods to strengthen Iraq's tourism infrastructure.

The Nahrein Network is supported by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Global Challenges Research Fund.

For further information on the Visiting Iraqi Scholarships Scheme visit the Nahrein Network's website on www.ucl.ac.uk/nahrein/visiting-scholarships

You can learn more about Mr Al-Makhzomy's work via his facebook page: www.facebook.com/BilWeekend/

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Watercrafts and heritage in Iraq - Rashad Salim of Safina Projects

Safina Projects Director, Rashad Salim, provides an insightful overview of Iraq's water based heritage, his Ark Re-Imagined project, and the role of local agency in revitalising the country's heritage and connections to the environment.

For further information on Safina Projects go to www.safinaprojects.org

Safina Projects is one of the Nahrein Networks' partners working on the sustainable development of cultural heritage in Iraq.

The Nahrein Network is a UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and Global Challenges Research Fund supported project based at University College London.

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