Disaster Management Plans in Middle East Libraries and Archives in Time of War: Case Studies of Iraq and Egypt

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Abstract

In the Middle East, disaster management planning is not limited to natural calamities but must also consider armed conflict disaster. After the burning of libraries in Iraq, Egypt, and Lebanon since 2003, we must ask in what way do those countries preserve their heritage? What practices do they have in place for times of war? Were these applied when needed? If not, what obstacles prevented their application? This paper presents the findings of a survey of the literature on disaster management for times of war and an analysis of four case studies and argues the importance of prevention and planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-35
Number of pages21
JournalLibrary and Archival Security
Volume26
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2013

Keywords

  • Egypt
  • Iraq
  • Library of Alexandria
  • Mesopotamia
  • Middle East
  • ancient
  • archive
  • conflict
  • disaster management
  • library
  • library training
  • manuscripts
  • prevention
  • war
  • world heritage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety Research
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Law

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