Professor Dr. Amir Pašić, the leading expert of Bosnia and Hercegovina in the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO 2015-2021. He has been professor of architecture (1999), urban planning (2000), and theory and history of architecture and historic preservation (2009). Currently, he is affiliated with the University of Sarajevo. Also, he was lecturing at more than 35 universities worldwide. He was the Head of Architectural department in the OIC Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA), Istanbul (1993-2018), and Commissioner at the Commission to Preserve National Monuments of Bosnia and Herzegovina (2016-2021). He won the 1986 Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the restoration of the Old Town of Mostar, and he was coordinating for ten years activities on rehabilitation of the same town after its total destruction in the 1992-95 war. He is the author or co-author of 23 books and 72 articles, and also the author of the Nomination dossier for the WH property “Old Town of Mostar “(2005).
Presentation Title: Strategy for Preservation and Development of Islamic Arts and Heritage
We need strong commitment to use all efforts to reinforce a joint action on the preservation and future development, both tangible and intangible. We share awareness and great concern about the current situation of the cultural heritage in the Muslim world where there are a lot of aggression and destruction facts against heritage including monuments and sites, especially those are in conflict zones, and the importance of needs to overcome many challenges according to a concrete plan of actions (planning, maintenance, preservation, promotion of Islamic arts and heritage) as well as to ensure political, legal and institutional capacity in coordination with all stakeholders. The goal of this strategy is to initiate development processes through good planning and implementation using rich natural resources, and human-built cultural and historical heritage established through many millennia represents the basis of future development. The education systems at all levels must introduced knowledge and awareness in the curricula; as well as providing training and research programs, including Master and Doctorate Programs in the area of safeguarding and protecting the cultural heritage with support of digital technology. The preservation of cultural heritage in the Islamic world should not be limited to Islamic heritage only, but must also include all cultural heritage that exists, taking into account the rich cultures and multi-ethnic background. To preserve and develop cultural heritage it is necessary to develop a comprehensive management system in order to ensure the long-term safeguarding of properties.